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Ugandan rebels attack CAR

2010-02-12 16:00

Bangui - Armed men believed to be from Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacked a uranium-mining town in the Central African Republic and kidnapped a number of residents, police said on Friday.

"These armed individuals... came into the town of Nzako at about 16:00 firing shots into the air," said a police officer based at Bakouma, about 60 kilometres from southeastern Nzako.

The rebels' arrival on Tuesday caused panic in the town and sparked a mass exodus. Central African Republic troops were deployed there on Wednesday, the police officer added.

Until now, LRA attacks in the Central African Republic had been concentrated in the Mboki and Obo regions, to the east.

Ugandan special forces have been deployed in the region since August with the agreement of Bangui as part of an operation against the rebels.

SAPA