Lord’s Resistance Army Kidnaps 29 in Central African Republic

Rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army kidnapped 29 people from two villages in Central African Republic this week, according to a local government official.

Seventeen people, including three boys, were abducted June 12 after LRA rebels stormed into Kadjema and ransacked all its houses, village chief Gerard Dembanou said by phone on Wednesday from the nation’s eastern region. “They used those they kidnapped to carry their booty.”

Twelve others were seized by the group late Tuesday during an attack on a nearby village, Dembanou said.

Neighboring Uganda plans to withdraw the soldiers it deployed in the Central African Republic to fight the rebel group because it’s no longer considered a threat, according to Agence France-Presse. There are about 2,000 Ugandan troops operating under an African Union mandate in the east of the country. The group emerged in the 1980s under the leadership of Ugandan Joseph Kony.

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