LRA rebels kill in church

KAMPALA - Attackers hacked to death scores of people who sought refuge at a Catholic church in remote eastern Congo the day after Christmas, officials and witnesses said. And the Ugandan army and a rebel group accused each other of carrying out the massacre.

KAMPALA - Attackers hacked to death scores of people who sought refuge at a Catholic church in remote eastern Congo the day after Christmas, officials and witnesses said. And the Ugandan army and a rebel group accused each other of carrying out the massacre.

According to survivors and witnesses, the killings occurred close to Congo's border with Sudan, near where the armies of those two countries and Uganda began an offensive this month to root out the rebel Lord's Resistance Army, Ugandan army spokesman Captain Chris Magezi said.

A UN spokesman, Ivo Brandau, said 120 homes were set ablaze in the area and thousands of people fled for fear of further attacks.

The LRA rebel group has waged one of Africa's longest and most brutal wars for the last two decades. In the past, aid and rights groups have accused the rebels of cutting off the lips of civilians and forcing thousands of children to serve as soldiers or sex slaves. - Sapa-AP

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