Dozens killed in LRA attack in S Sudan
Ugandan rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) killed 136 people and looted property during an attack earlier this week in southern Sudan, a senior military officer said yesterday.
"On February 4, the LRA killed 136 people in areas in and around Kajo-Keji and looted their property," Michael Kuel, a military intelligence officer with the Joint Integrated Unit (JIU), told AFP.
The JIUs were formed as part of the 2005 north-south peace agreement in Sudan and comprise equal numbers of members of the armed forces and former southern Sudanese rebels from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM).
"When the SPLM arrived there, these fighters fled. We are still pursuing them," Kuel added.
"Our forces are on the ground and we are doing everything to arrest the culprits but the priority now is to restore law and order," SPLM official Pajan Pal told AFP.