Ugandan rebels kill 22 in DRC

2009-10-06 18:09

Kinshasa - Ugandan rebels killed 22 villagers in an attack on Digba in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeast Orientale province, a local association said on Tuesday.

The attack happened on September 25 in an area where no Congolese military force is present, said the chairman of the Dungu Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, Father Benoit Kilalegu.

"The inhabitants were surprised in the morning by about 40 members of the LRA (the Lord's Resistance Army from neighbouring Uganda). Twenty-two people were killed with machetes and knives," Kilalegu said.

Led by Joseph Kony, the LRA, one of the most brutal guerrilla movements in the world, became active in northern Uganda in 1988. Its strength is currently estimated at 500 men, spread out in the DR Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.