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Uganda Raids Rebel Bases, Frees Children

The World | IN BRIEF / SUDAN

March 31, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The Ugandan army has overrun four rebel bases in neighboring Sudan and freed thousands of children abducted by the rebels during a 16-year insurgency, the Ugandan defense minister said.

Military officials also said Joseph Kony, the leader of the Ugandan rebel group Lord's Resistance Army, was on the run after the army launched an offensive Thursday.

In frequent raids in northern Uganda, the rebels have abducted women and children to become fighters or concubines.

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