Ugandan rebels kidnap 40

BANGUI - Ugandan rebels kidnapped at least 40 people and wounded a soldier during an attack in the southwest of the Central African Republic, a Central African soldier said yesterday.

BANGUI - Ugandan rebels kidnapped at least 40 people and wounded a soldier during an attack in the southwest of the Central African Republic, a Central African soldier said yesterday.

The soldier said the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) swept through the town of Rafai early Friday evening going "door to door, taking at least 40 people hostage and stealing property".

The soldier, who asked not to be named but is based in nearby Bangassou, said a Central African army unit responded.

"During the clash that followed, a Central African soldier was wounded and several Tongo-Tongo (the local name for the rebels) were wounded. But the rebels managed to flee with the hostages."

The soldier said that the Central African army was in pursuit of the rebels.

Last week the LRA carried out two attacks in the same region, kidnapping at least 10 people in a raid on the village of Kamandare, a military source said.

Residents of the village of Gbangomboro fled in advance of a similar looting attack two days later. - Sapa-AFP

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