Ugandan rebels kidnap 10 in DRC

2015-01-17 09:28
Ugandan soldiers patrol through the central African jungle during an operation to fish out notorious Lord's Resistance Army rebels. (Stringer, AFP)

Ugandan soldiers patrol through the central African jungle during an operation to fish out notorious Lord's Resistance Army rebels. (Stringer, AFP)

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Beni - A Ugandan rebel group on Friday kidnapped about 10 people in northern Congo, witnesses said.

Those kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) included women and local traders. They were abducted outdoors near the village of Pangali in the region of Bondo, said a nurse who witnessed the events and requested anonymity.

Bondo has often been targeted by the LRA, which killed half a dozen people there on 2 January, local official Floribert Ekili said.

The group also kidnaps men to force them to become fighters and women to become sex slaves.

The LRA has terrorised East and Central Africa for decades. One of its top commanders, Dominic Ongwen, was arrested last week by US forces in the Central African Republic.

Ongwen is due to face trial before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The main LRA leader, Joseph Kony, has evaded capture by operating out of dense jungle in Central Africa.
Read more on:    drc  |  uganda  |  abductions  |  east africa  |  security

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