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Forces reportedly rescue 100 youths

September 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

An army spokesman said Ugandan forces have rescued 100 kidnapped children and young adults during an operation against a brutal rebel group in neighboring Central African Republic.

Lt. Col. Felix Kulaigye said Ugandan forces also captured a senior commander of the Lord's Resistance Army. Kulaigye said troops had killed four of the group's junior commanders since entering the country two weeks ago.

The rebels originated in northern Uganda and have fought the government for 20 years. They are notorious for using child soldiers and mutilating and raping civilians. The rebels have fled government counterattacks into neighboring countries.

Most of those rescued by the army were Congolese villagers abducted by the rebels.

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