20 July 2010

Uganda: Sixteen Year Old Boy Rescued From LRA Rebels

Kampala — A 16 year old boy was rescued and three rebels killed in the continued crackdown on the Lord's Resistance Army rebels.

Robert from Katakwi district in eastern Uganda was freed from his abductors on July 15 at Duru in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a statement issued by Army spokesman Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye.

The teenager, who was recruited into the group responsible for killings, rape and abduction, had a sub-machine gun that contained bullets.

According to Kulayigye, he was under the command of "Capt." D.R. Achero. By yesterday, he had not been reunited with his family in Katakwi. But plans were underway to return him home.

It was not clear when he joined the rebel group headed by Joseph Kony.

The rebels abducted hundreds of people from northern Uganda. They married the female abductees, while men and boys were forced to join the fighting force.

Kulayigye said the three rebels were killed on July 12 in the Central African Republic. Among the deceased were Lt. Olak and 2nd Lt. Olali.

In the same attack, three unidentified rebels were captured and nine abductees were rescued. The army also recovered two guns and 60 bullets.

"Uganda and the Great Lakes region must remain peaceful. We are resolved to ensure that," Kulayigye said.

The rebels fled to the DR Congo and later to the Central African Republic after the UPDF flushed them out of Uganda.

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