APRIL 5, 2010: 5 Killed in LRA Attack in CAR

Five killed in CAR attack blamed on LRA rebels: police

BANGUI — Five people were killed in an attack at the weekend blamed on Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in the east of the Central African Republic, local authorities said Monday.

The victims were in a vehicle traveling Saturday between Bangassou and Rafai "when they were attacked by rebels who opened fire without warning," said a police source in the gendarmerie of Bangassou.

"After firing, the rebels got out and ransacked the vehicle and then set it on fire before disappearing into the bush," the source said.

A sixth person was left wounded in the attack and was found by a government official who arrived on the scene and took the injured to the hospital.

Attacks by Ugandan LRA rebels have left more 200 people dead in the east of CAR since 2008, according to a local residents' association.

Most recently, three attacks in the last week of March claimed 26 lives including 11 civilians, a CAR military source said.

The LRA took up arms against the government in northern Uganda in 1988 but in recent years has moved into remote areas of nearby countries after coming under pressure from the Ugandan army.