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Rebels blamed for CAR deaths

2010-03-30 22:41

Bangui - A feared rebel group blamed for hundreds of deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is being accused of stepping up attacks against civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) too.

An official says rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) killed 10 civilians in attacks overnight on Monday in the country's east.

Remy Semdouto, an official in Mbomou, said on Tuesday civilians in the region had to defend themselves. About 50 people were kidnapped, and one rebel was killed by the villagers.

The Lord's Resistance Army is considered one of Africa's most brutal rebel armies, and its leaders are the subject of an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant.

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch blamed the LRA for hundreds of deaths in the DRC. The rebels denied the allegations.