THE Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) is using long range heavy artillery to bombard Joseph Konyâ€™s Lordâ€™s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in southern Sudan
THE Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) is using long range heavy artillery to bombard Joseph Konyâ€™s Lordâ€™s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in southern Sudan.
Lt. Paddy Ankunda, the north and northeastern region army spokesman, said they preferred heavy artillery to helicopter attacks because the rebels were elusive.
â€œUsing heavy artillery on Kony and his small group will reduce the strength of the rebels and eventually they will lose initiative,â€ Ankunda said.
He was addressing a press conference yesterday in Lira town. Ankunda said Joseph Kony and Kwo Yello were the only rebel leaders still in Sudan.
In a related development, the UPDF Fourth Division in Gulu yesterday said it had killed 28 rebels and rescued 10 captives in two battles in Aswa and Omoro counties in Gulu and Lira districts over the past three days.
Chief of Intelligence of the UPDF in the northern Uganda, Lt. Col. Charles Otema-Awany, said the army killed 25 rebels in Aswa county in Sundayâ€™s attack on an LRA hideout.
â€œWe attacked the group that was reportedly planning to disorganise the areas within Paicho and the northern part of Gulu. We also rescued over 10 captives and recovered some light weapons from the rebels during the same attack,â€ said Lt. Otema-Awany.
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