The Ugandan army says its troops have raided a rebel hideout in the north, killing 14 insurgents from the Lord's Resistance Army and capturing six others.

An army spokesman says helicopter gunships were brought in during the battle Saturday and Sunday in the northern village of Loyo-Ajanga.

He said there were no government casualties.

The rebels, who rarely speak to journalists, could not be reached for comment.

Uganda's army says the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army Joseph Kony, crossed back into Uganda from neighboring Sudan last week for the first time in years.

The rebels have been fighting for 18 years to overthrow Uganda's government. They are known for abducting children to use as soldiers or sex slaves.