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Rebels Kill 28 People in W. Uganda

January 17, 2000

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ A rebel attack on a camp for people displaced by fighting left 28 people dead over the weekend, a newspaper reported Monday.

Allied Democratic Forces rebels killed at least 25 civilians and three soldiers Saturday at Kirindi camp, about 186 miles west of Uganda’s capital, Kampala, according to the government-owned New Vision newspaper.

The camp houses about 1,000 people. The government says at least 200,000 people have been displaced by an upsurge in attacks in three districts in western Uganda.

The independent Monitor newspaper said some of the victims were shot while others perished when the rebels set fire to 72 huts.

``This is too much,″ the Monitor quoted Expedito Bwambale of the Ugandan Red Cross Society as saying. ``We have not seen this since the insurgency began.″

The rebel group has stepped up its attacks in western Uganda from bases on the Congolese side of the Rwenzori Mountains since Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Sudanese president Omar el-Bashir agreed last month to cease supporting each other’s rebel movements.

Uganda has accused Sudan of supporting the ADF rebels in their three-year fight to oust Museveni.

Uganda has been supporting rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, which has been fighting a 17-year war with Sudanese government soldiers in pursuit of autonomy for southern Sudan.

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