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Ugandan Rebels Slaughter Refugees

Less than a week after the International Criminal Court announced an investigation of atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the Ugandan rebel group Thursday attacked a refugee camp, killing as many as 52 people and wounding more than 70 others, according to published reports. It was the worst massacre by the LRA in several months and was carried out at a camp near the town of Lira, about 75 miles south of the Sudan border, according to the UN’s Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN). “Some of the people were killed by bullet wounds, some were burned alive in their homes, and others were beaten and hacked to death with pangas,” Father Sebhat Ayele, a Roman Catholic priest, told IRIN. “This is terrible.” The attack, which was reportedly led by a senior LRA commander, came less than a week after Luis Moreno Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the newly established International Criminal Court (ICC) announced in London that he would begin an investigation into crimes committed in Uganda during the LRA’s 18-year insurgency. Full Story

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