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Uganda hunts LRA rebels in Central African Republic

By on September 8, 2009

Ugandan military intelligence units have been hunting Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in Central African Republic (CAR) since last month with the permission of the CAR government, Uganda’s army said on Monday.

A Ugandan-led offensive late last year targeted guerrilla hideouts in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, dispersing LRA fighters but failing to strike the rebels’ top commanders, three of whom are wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Uganda’s military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Felix Kulayigye, told Reuters that officials from southern Sudan, Kinshasa, Kampala and Bangui met a month ago and agreed to allow Ugandan army units into CAR to fight the insurgents.

“(Ugandan army) squads entered Central African Republic under the auspices of the joint security meeting,” he said.

“It was agreed that since (LRA leader Joseph) Kony is a regional problem, he should be pursued into Central African Republic where he had gone.”

Kulayigye said several dozen intelligence officers were operating in CAR and eastern Congo, and that Kampala believed Kony was making his way to Sudan’s restive western Darfur region. CAR officials were not immediately available to comment.


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