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Captured LRA commander dies

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st February 2009 03:00 AM

An LRA commander captured during Operation Lighting Thunder underway in the Garamba jungles, north-east DR Congo, died on Friday

An LRA commander captured during Operation Lighting Thunder underway in the Garamba jungles, north-east DR Congo, died on Friday

An LRA commander captured during Operation Lighting Thunder underway in the Garamba jungles, north-east DR Congo, died on Friday, reports Barbara Among.

Maj. Okello Opore, who was captured in Duroma, died from bullet wounds.

He was an escort to Okot Odhiambo, the LRA second-in-command. Opore, who hails from Adilang in Pader district, was undergoing treatment at a facility in Dungu, Operation Lightning Thunder’s tactical base.

“He was shot on Friday night in an ambush north-east of Dungu, as he was looking for food and after 30 minutes, he died,” operation spokesperson Capt. Deo Akiki said.

Details have emerged as to why Odhiambo has opted to seek for pardon from the Government. Sources said Joseph Kony’s deputy was reportedly in favour of signing the peace agreement before the December 14 offensive. This is said to have caused a rift between him and his boss.

Odhiambo was also compelled to surrender due to the multiple injuries he had incurred during the operation.

He was wounded in an earlier attack on December 14 and sustained bullet wounds two weeks ago during a clash with the UPDF, 30km north of Doruma.

Odhiambo is reported to be suffering from gout and walks with difficulty. His guards are said to be carrying him on a stretcher.

Odhiambo is also said to have been unhappy with the execution of his predecessor, Vincent Otti, and reluctantly accepted to replace him.

Captured LRA commander dies

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