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Witnesses Report Massacre at Church in Congo

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Officials and witnesses say attackers
hacked scores of people to death who sought refuge at a Catholic
church in remote eastern Congo.

It happened Friday. The Ugandan army and a rebel group have
accused each other of carrying out the massacre.

Survivors and witnesses said the killings occurred close to Congo's border with Sudan. That's where armies from Sudan and Congo
began an offensive this month to root out the rebels.

The Lord's Resistance Army rebel group has waged one of Africa's
longest and most brutal wars for the last two decades. In the past, aid and rights groups have accused the rebels of cutting off the lips of civilians and forcing thousands of children to serve as soldiers or sex slaves. The conflict has spilled out of northern Uganda and into Sudan and Congo.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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