AU troops kill 8 LRA rebels in CAR, DRC
Posted Wednesday, October 2 2013 at 10:08
Juba-At least eight rebel fighters of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been killed in an offensive by the African Union in the past week, according to reports.
Col. Gabriel Ayor, the commander of the AU taskforce based in Yambio in Western Equatorial State, South Sudan, says AU forces attacked rebel bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
“We captured some documents from their camps showing that they were heading towards the south,” Col. Ayor told the United Nations-sponsored Radio Miraya, on Tuesday.
He said AU soldiers found numerous simsim, ground nuts and maize gardens in about eight rebel camps in DR Congo.
At inception, LRA rebels were fighting to topple the Ugandan government but when they were pushed out of northern Uganda, they transformed into a transnational banditry force, attacking South Sudan, Central African Republic and the DR Congo.
LRA leader Joseph Kony and his senior commanders are wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.