Uganda rebels nab CAR villagers

2010-03-03 18:05

Bangui - Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has kidnapped at least 23 people from a village in Central African Republic (CAR), an army source told AFP on Wednesday.

The attack, the fifth this year, took place in the southeastern village of Yalinga on Sunday, the source said. The LRA "took 23 people hostage, mostly men" after pillaging the police station, the hospital and a safari shop.

Led by Joseph Kony, the LRA took up arms in 1988 in northern Uganda and have acquired a reputation for brutality.

Since 2005, under pressure from the Ugandan army, the fighters pulled back from their bases in Uganda to move into the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), across the border from CAR.