THIRTEEN civilians, including a 76-year-old man, were yesterday night killed by Joseph Konyâ€™s LRA rebels
THIRTEEN civilians, including a 76-year-old man, were yesterday night killed by Joseph Konyâ€™s LRA rebels.
Twelve had their heads battered with big sticks while the old man was shot in the back when the rebels invaded Zone D and E of Pabbo Internally Displaced Personsâ€™ camp.
Four huts were set ablaze in the camp which is 24 miles on the Gulu-Juba road in Kilak county. The camp houses about 45,000 people.
Residents said the rebels sneaked into the camp at about 7:00pm, abducted six people and killed them together with seven others they had abducted one kilometre northeast of the camp the same evening.
This reporter was shown two letters said to have been left behind by the rebels at the murder scene. The letters said the civilians were killed because of a broadcast on Radio Mega FM two days ago by the Gulu LC5 chairman, Lt. Col. Walter Ochora, the army spokesman in the north, Lt. Paddy Ankunda and the UPDF Operation Iron Fist intelligence officer, Lt. Col. Charles Otema-Awany, which said the people in the camps would fight the rebels soon.
â€œSo we have now started our war against them,â€ the letter said.
The deceased were tied with sisal ropes, killed and their bodies lined up along the road to Palaro sub-county headquarters, hardly 600 metres away from the Pabbo UPDF detachment.
Six of the dead were identified as Otto-Oturo-Kabir, 42, son of Orac Acidoni of Gaya parish, Okello-Ocii, 42, Samuel Okwera, 22, all sons of Otto-Oturo-Kabir, Alex Ojera, 38, son of Jenaro Obita of Gaya and his brother Martin Nyeko, 37.
Vincent Okot, 30, and Raymond Okulu, 60, were abducted near an abandoned camp of Pawel Pâ€™Okumu. Residents said the victims had gone to look for food and cultivate.
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