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UPDF Saves 4 From LRA

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th June 2003 03:00 AM

FOUR students of St. Mary’s Minor Seminary Lacor out of the 44 abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels on May 11 have been rescued in a fierce battle at Koyo Lalogi Lapul sub-county, Aruu county in Pader district.

FOUR students of St. Mary’s Minor Seminary Lacor out of the 44 abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels on May 11 have been rescued in a fierce battle at Koyo Lalogi Lapul sub-county, Aruu county in Pader district.

By Ali Mao
FOUR students of St. Mary’s Minor Seminary Lacor out of the 44 abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels on May 11 have been rescued in a fierce battle at Koyo Lalogi Lapul sub-county, Aruu county in Pader district.
The two-hour battle took place near the riverbank between Aswa and river Agago at Ochunga parish, 24km west of Pajule. The UPDF also killed two rebels, captured one AK-47 rifle, eight magazines, two offensive grenades and rescued about 12 captives.
A Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) foot patrol source in Pader district told The New Vision that the group, under the command of Lt. Colonel Onen Kamdulu, was found cooking at the riverbank before the UPDF infantry engaged them.
“We charged at them and killed two. We also recovered assortments of ammunition,” the source speaking on condition of anonymity said.
The UPDF officer in charge of operations in Pader district, Captain Mukorogo, when contacted said that on June 5 the same rebel group also tried to raid Kitgum Matidi dispensary and the trading centre in search of food distributed by the World Food Programme to Internally Displaced Persons’ Camps.
He said the UPDF foiled an attempt by the LRA rebels to strike Kitgum Matidi.
The Rector of St. Mary’s Minor Seminary Lacor, Matthew Odong told The New Vision that he had not got any information about the four rescued students.
“I have no information to give you but I thank God if at all the UPDF rescued the students and I pray that they (UPDF) should continue pursuing Joseph Kony’s LRA rebels so that the students are rescued,” Odong said in a telephone interview. Ends

UPDF Saves 4 From LRA

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