Ugandan Rebels Blamed for Church Attack in Congo

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - The Ugandan army has accused the country's rebels of torching a Catholic church crowded with
worshippers in eastern Congo, killing some of them.

An Army spokesman says Ugandan troops in neighboring Congo
reported the Lord's Resistance Army rebels set fire to a church
Saturday night in the village of Tora. The Ugandan soldiers are part of a multinational force set up last December to stop the brutal rebel group.

It's unclear how many people had been killed.

The head of Catholic organization Caritas Congo, said employees
had spoken to villagers who had confirmed there had been an attack
but had no information on the number of casualties.

He said "they burned people who were praying in church."

The rebels, who have been fighting for two decades, also have a
history of abducting children to serve as sex slaves and fighters.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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