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Confusion in Uganda over number of children abducted by rebels

Confusion swirled in northeast Uganda over the exact number of schoolgirls abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels earlier in the week, as new escapees cast doubt on earlier reports that only six were still missing. “Two of the girls who escaped last are now telling us that they left over 40 of their colleagues still in captivity,” Rwara Girls Secondary School teacher Simon Anoku told AFP in Soroti on Thursday. Both government and Roman Catholic Church officials had said on Wednesday that only six girls out of the 100 originally kidnapped early on Tuesday were still missing. Anoku said that the two girls told him that they had used a razor-blade to cut a rope the rebels had used to tie them together, before escaping. “With the information from the two girls, the school tried to make a roll-call, but after we had gone mid-way, news came in that the rebels were about to stage another attack on the school. Full Story

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