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Central African Republic deploys troops

Central African Republic deploys troops

The government of the Central African Republic has sent troops to its border with Congo in an effort to push back a group of Ugandan rebels linked to atrocities in several countries, the country's defense minister said on state-run radio.
Defense Minister Jean Francis Bozize said in the radio address on Monday that the troops will act as a buffer to prevent the so-called Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, from entering the country.
The troops are being deployed to the province of High Mbomou, located 1,100 kilometers east of Bangui, the capital. High Mbomou straddles the frontier with Congo as well as neighboring Sudan. Several villages in the province were attacked by the LRA in February and March of 2008.
The rebels led by LRA leader Joseph Kony are known for conscripting child soldiers and during the 2008 raids at least 50 children disappeared and are presumed to be fighting for the rebels.
The LRA is made-up of ethnic Ugandan rebels, but they have since migrated out of Uganda and are now believed to be using eastern Congo as their base.
The Catholic relief agency Caritas estimates the LRA has killed as many as 400 people in Congo over the past three weeks.


Updated : 2021-06-25 09:43 GMT+08:00