10 June 2006

Uganda: Army Kills 16 LRA Rebels in Pader Clashes

Gulu — UPDF soldiers in four separate battles in northern Uganda and Southern Sudan killed 16 rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army.

The Regional Army Spokesman, Lt. Chris Magezi, on Thursday said 14 rebels died in battles that took place on Wednesday and Thursday in Layada village, Pajule, and Atut in Pader district.

Two others perished in an ambush 10 kilometres north of Ogangala in Southern Sudan.

An LRA intelligence officer, identified as Lt. Joseph Oruni, died in the ambush.

He was attached to Gilva Brigade.

Magezi said the rebels attacked Alito village in Apac district on Tuesday and killed an unidentified old woman and abducted five people.

"But UPDF soldiers pursued the group and rescued four of them. One is still missing," he said. He said UPDF soldiers sustained injuries during the rescue operation.

Magezi said seven sub machine guns, 15 rounds of ammunition and a B10 support weapon were recovered.

"Intelligence documents detailing LRA operations and food items were captured by the government forces."

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