Wanted LRA rebel commander believed dead

2014-02-17 15:12
Ugandan soldiers patrol through the central African jungle during an operation to fish out notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony. (Stringer,AFP)

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

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Kampala - Uganda's military says it believes a senior rebel commander with the infamous Lord's Resistance Army was killed last year in Central African Republic following an attack by African forces.

Ugandan military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda said on Monday that Okot Odhiambo —who was the LRA's Number 2 commander behind the fugitive warlord Joseph Kony — likely died of his wounds after an attack in October.

Ankunda said the accounts of LRA defectors provide "a corroborating picture" of Odhiambo's death even though his body hasn't been found.

Ben Keesey, the head of the LRA watchdog group Invisible Children, said Odhiambo's death, if confirmed, would be "a huge blow" to the LRA, which has been in decline amid a United States-backed international hunt for its leaders in the jungles of central Africa.

Read more on:    lra  |  joseph kony  |  okot odhiambo  |  uganda  |  east africa

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