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Ugandan Rebel Leader Flees
Joseph Kony may be in Democratic Republic of Congo
Bhuwan Thapaliya (Bhuwan)     Print Article 
Published 2006-02-07 20:17 (KST)   
The leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group fighting the Ugandan government, is reported to have fled from southern Sudan to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Ugandan Rebel Leader Joseph Kony
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The state-owned newspaper -- The New Vision, quoted an anonymous source as saying that Joseph Kony fled to the DRC with five fighters after he was attacked by the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) in their hideout located northeast of Juba in southern Sudan.

Captain Dennis Musitwa, an army spokesman, verified the news. He told Associated Press (AP) that their intelligence reports suggest he may be heading to Central Africa, as he had already passed through Congo's Garamba National Park.

"Joseph Kony and 15 fighters of his rebel Lord's Resistance Army fled early Sunday following pressure from Ugandan troops who have been permitted by Sudanese authorities to operate there," Mustiwa elaborated further to AP.

On Jan. 23, Ugandan fighters brutally ambushed Guatemalan Special Forces soldiers serving with the U.N. peacekeeping mission along Congo's remote northeastern border with Sudan. It sparked a gun battle that left eight Guatemalan troops and 15 attackers dead in the Garamba park, according to CNN reports.

Moreover, it has been reported that last year, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Kony and four other rebel leaders, calling on the governments of Congo, Sudan and Uganda to help capture insurgents it said were responsible for killing thousands of civilians and enslaving thousands of children.

The Lord's Resistance Army is notorious for kidnapping children and forcing them to become soldiers or sex slaves. It has been reported that they hold no territory and are made up of the remnants of a northern rebellion that began after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, a southerner, took power in 1986.

The LRA have been fighting the Ugandan government for the last 20 years in a fierce rebellion that has left tens of thousands of people dead and over 1.4 million people displaced.
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