Ugandan army this week deployed troops in north-western Adjuman district where Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels attacked villages and killed six people, an army spokesperson said on Saturday.
More than 1.6-million people have been forced from their homes during the LRA's 18-year war against the government that has been marked by brutal attacks against northern Uganda's civilian population
LRA rebels killed seven people in northwest Uganda. Some 18 people were wounded in the attack which occurred on the night of March 9. Approximately 15 LRA rebels conducted the attack and then fled into nearby hills. The attackers killed one man with a weapon then killed the other six with axes and machetes. This may indicate the LRA splinter group was short of ammunition, or the civilians were completely defenseless (or both). On March 11 the Ugandan military announced that it would beef-up its presence in Adjuman. The military gave no specific figures or named specific units. Uganda also claimed its troops had killed 185 LRA rebels since January 1. A subsequent report said a local Ugandan official in Adjuman district had killed their victims "in a most horrible manner." It looks as if the LRA is splintering. Desperate holdouts, however, are still capable of terrorizing the civilian population.