LRA blamed for Uganda attack

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group operating in northern Uganda, has been blamed for an attack on a village in the eastl African country in which one person was killed and about fifty houses were razed.

    Thousands of refugees have fled the violence in the north

    A local policeman told AFP that the rebels swooped late on Friday, entering the village of Ayara, some 380 kilometres (230 miles) north of the capital Kampala.

    “They attacked around 11:15 pm. They killed one person and they burned all these houses and looted the shops,” the policeman said.
      
    “We took one rebel prisoner, a boy of 14, and we handed him over to the army. He told us that there were 14 attackers in all and that 11 of them were armed with rifles,” he said.
      
    The LRA, notorious for abducting young boys for forced recruitment in its ranks and for snatching girls as sex slaves, has waged war against the government of President Yoweri Museveni for the past 17 years.
      
    The group was suspected of massacring at least 53 villagers in northern Uganda earlier this week, AFP reported. 

    SOURCE: AFP


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