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Rebels Kill 10, Ransack Town

August 5, 1988

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ About 200 rebels raided and ransacked a northeastern Ugandan town, killing at least 10 people at random, a government official said Friday.

The members of the rebel Uganda People’s Army, armed with rifles, machineguns and machetes, hit the town of Ngora on Thursday, according to a senior government administrator.

Residents fled into the bush as the rebels, dressed in tattered military uniforms as well as civilian clothing, fired wildly and began to loot stores of food, clothing and utensils during the three-hour rampage in the town about 120 miles east of Kampala.

Four of the dead included government officials, said the official, who spoke on condition of not being identified.

The Uganda People’s Army is led by Peter Otai, a minister of state for defense under former President Milton Obote. Obote was overthrown in a 1985 coup. Otai’s rebels band is one of several fighting the government of President Yoweri Museveni.

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