Congo: 60 000 flee to Uganda after attack

2013-07-14 14:00
M23 rebels withdraw from the eastern Congo town of Goma.

M23 rebels withdraw from the eastern Congo town of Goma. (Jerome Delay, AP)

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Kampala — An aid group says about 60 000 Congolese have fled to Uganda after a rebel attack on a town by the border, stretching humanitarian capacities.

Catherine Ntabadde of the Uganda Red Cross said Sunday that her organisation had already registered 41 000 refugees and that 20 000 more are yet to be registered.

The refugee influx continues three days after a Ugandan-led rebel group attacked the Kamango town and killed some people on Thursday, according to Ugandan military officials.

That group —the Allied Democratic Forces —had been hibernating in the jungles of eastern Congo for years since a military assault ousted it from Ugandan territory. It was formed in the early 1990s by Ugandan Muslims who want to install Shari'ah law in Uganda and who staged deadly terrorist attacks in the 1990s.

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