Ugandan rebels kidnap 10 in Congo

2015-01-17 09:56

A Ugandan rebel group has 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 yesterday 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 January 2, 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 terrorized 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.

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