Museveni: Guerrillas tried to take barracks

2014-07-08 15:19
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

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Kampala - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says gunmen carried out 13 co-ordinated attacks against security forces near the country's border with the Democratic Republic of Congo but were repulsed before they could overrun a strategic barracks.

Museveni, who has held power since 1986, said on Tuesday the attackers used guerrilla tactics and looted weapons from soldiers and police in two western districts.

The attacks, which took place on Saturday, have sparked fears of a return to rebellion in a region that once was the scene of a deadly insurgency by rebels who accused the central government of neglect.

At least 65 people were killed, most of them shot by Ugandan forces trying to repel attacks.

Museveni said the attacks signified a "failure of intelligence" and blamed the violence on what he called "sectarianism" in the region.
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