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LRA Abducts 39 Civilians in DRC, CAR :: Uganda Radionetwork
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LRA Abducts 39 Civilians in DRC, CAR

The largest group sighted was of 15-men who reportedly spoke Acholi, Pazande, and Lingala. They looted properties from several travellers’ 40-kilometres west of Sanangu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another group ambushed and looted civilians near Bulumasi in DRC, killed one person and abducted 12 civilians, including two boys and three women On February 9.
UPDF troops returning from CAR from hunting LRA rebels

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The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has reportedly abducted 39 people since the beginning of the year, according to the LRA Crisis Tracker, a joint project of a charity organisation, Invisible Children and Resolve.   The report indicates that 25 people were abducted and 1 person was killed in the month of January.    

“On January 9, a group of 12 men and 6 women looted civilians travelling 5-kilometers west of Pangu in a series of ambushes that lasted a day. They abducted seven men, two boys, and two girls before taking the northern route,” the report states.  

The largest group sighted was of 15-men who reportedly spoke Acholi, Pazande, and Lingala. They looted properties from several travellers’ 40-kilometres west of Sanangu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Another group ambushed and looted civilians near Bulumasi in DRC, killed one person and abducted 12 civilians, including two boys and three women On February 9.     

According to the report, the LRA is involved in looting food, phones, and are asking their abductees to carry looted merchandise.    

Colonel Shaban Bantariza, the Deputy Director of Uganda Media Centre says that the LRA is taking advantage of security weaknesses in the two countries to run activities in the jungle. He, however, says that the UPDF stopped pursuing the LRA because they are already weak and no longer a threat to the country.    

“In Uganda, the LRA is now history, what the people should do is just concentrate on their livelihoods, the people of Acholi should go dig, and rebuild their lives, “ Bantariza said in a telephone interview with URN.

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