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Uganda Claims Capture of Rebel Camps - 2002-04-01

Uganda says government troops have captured all four bases of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army in neighboring southern Sudan.

Ugandan Defense Minister Amama Mbabazi told reporters Saturday in Kampala, the four rebel camps fell earlier this week. He said government troops recovered machine guns and boxes of ammunition in the operation. However, there was no word on casualties or whether any rebels were captured. The minister added that Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony was not taken prisoner and is likely now moving south towards the Ugandan border with a band of supporters.

The Lord's Resistance Army has fought the government since the mid-1980s, saying it wants to replace the Ugandan constitution wiht the biblical Ten Commandments. It is notorious for its use of abducted children as soldiers. The U.S. State Department has identified the group as a terrorist organization.

Uganda accused Sudan's radical Islamist government of supporting the Lord's Resistance Army until the two countries mended relations last year. Sudan has since allowed Ugandan troops to pursue the rebels on its territory.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters