Uganda's rebels blocked at Sudan border

from Xinhua
Published on 12 Apr 2001
News Article by Xinhua posted on April 12, 2001 at 03:30:41: EST (-5 GMT)

KAMPALA, Apr 12, 2001 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's government forces have successfully blocked a group of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) rebels from entering the country from Sudan, reported Uganda's New Vision daily Thursday.

The report said that the 200-strong heavily armed rebels, led by the rebels' leader Joseph Kony, were engaged by the Uganda Peoples' Defense Force (UPDF) in a battle that lasted more than two-and-a-half hours last week near Agaro in Kitgum in northern Uganda.

It said the UPDF killed 12 and captured six rebels in the battle.

"It's true. We nearly got him (Kony), but he retreated very fast into Sudan after our forces beat his group off. Kony has been really lucky, but he got our fire might," Deputy Commander of the UPDF Fourth Division Clovis Kalyebara was quoted as saying.

"We hit them (rebels) and rescued nine children (they abducted) over the weekend," added Kalyebara.

LRA rebels, based in southern Sudan, have been long engaged in anti-government activities in northern Uganda.