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Uganda: Body of LRA Commander Possibly Found

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FILE - Lord's Resistance Army commander Okot Odhiambo pictured in undated "wanted" poster.

FILE - Lord's Resistance Army commander Okot Odhiambo pictured in undated "wanted" poster.

The Ugandan army said Monday it may have found the body of a Lord's Resistance Army commander wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

A spokesman said that the army uncovered a grave believed to hold the remains of Okot Odhiambo, the deputy to LRA chief Joseph Kony.

The spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Akunda, said DNA tests are under way to help with identification.

Odhiambo is wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of murder, enslavement, attacking civilians, pillaging and forced enlistment of children.

The court issued a warrant for his arrest in 2005. Ugandan officials did not say where the body was found or when Odhiambo may have died.

Another LRA commander wanted by the ICC, Dominic Ongwen, surrendered in the Central African Republic last month and was transferred to court custody.

The LRA is accused of killing tens of thousands of people and kidnapping or maiming thousands more since launching an insurgency against the Ugandan government in the 1980s. In recent years, the group has become a roving threat in central Africa, with bands of fighters attacking villages in the C.A.R., Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Ugandan forces, aided by U.S. military advisors, are leading a regional joint task force to track down the remaining fighters.

Some information for this report comes from AFP.

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