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Thousands of Congolese Flee to Uganda after Rebel Attack

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Refugees from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wait at the Busunga border in western Uganda, July 13, 2013.

Refugees from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wait at the Busunga border in western Uganda, July 13, 2013.

The Ugandan Red Cross says up to 55,000 refugees from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have fled to Uganda after a rebel group attacked a town along the countries' shared border.

The fighting scattered people in town of Kamongo located in Congo's North Kivu province.

Red Cross officials says refugees have entered into Uganda through the country's western Bundibugyo district finding temporary shelter at schools in the area.

Rebels from the Ugandan-led Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked the Congolese town on Thursday causing an unknown number of casualties.

The group was formed in the mid 1990s and has been hiding in the mountains of eastern Congo for years after being ousted by the Uganda government forces.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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