Ugandan rebels carry out weekend raids

Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels killed 22 people during weekend raids in northeast Democratic...

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Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels killed 22 people during weekend raids in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said on Sunday.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Around 100 fighters attacked Sambia on Sunday, killing six civilians and a soldier.

The group also launched a similar attack on the village of Kana on Friday, killing 15 people.

Joseph Bangakya, deputy governor of Orientale province, said civilians were attacked because there were no soldiers deployed to the towns.

LRA leader Joseph Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">The Hague for war crimes.

The LRA, estimated to number between 800 and 1 000 fighters, was notorious for kidnapping children for use as porters, sex slaves and fighters.