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Some 300 LRA rebels cross to southern Sudan

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News Article by Xinhua posted on March 04, 2003 at 03:18:58: EST (-5 GMT)

KAMPALA, Mar 4, 2003 (Xinhua) -- Rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) second commander Vincent Otti has crossed to southern Sudan with some 300 fighters and civilian abductees, reported local daily the New Vision on Tuesday.

John Mugume, Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) 5th division commander in northern Pader district, was quoted as saying that Otti returned to the Sudan on Feb. 24 after his boss, Joseph Kony, ordered him to get the weapons they could have hidden or newly- acquired from an unidentified source.

Mugume said Kony sent Otti to the Sudan together with some junior commanders.

He said the UPDF hit LRA rebels recently at Palabek-kal on Pager River bank, killed three and captured three others.

The government army recovered 16 machine guns, two anti- personnel mines, 326 bullets, 14 magazines of the AK-47 rifles, two grenades and two Sudanese military uniforms.

LRA rebels, based in southern Sudan, have fought the Ugandan government headed by President Yoweri Museveni for the last 16 years.