UN warns of increased LRA activity

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The United Nations has warned that there is increased activity by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by one of the world’s most wanted men.

The warning comes after the United States and Uganda recently gave up their pursuit of the leaders of the LRA.

A report published on Thursday by the U.N. humanitarian agency says fighters with the LRA are becoming “more and more active” in northern Congo, where they briefly kidnapped 61 civilians last month.

The rebels kidnapped 61 civilians in a June 7 raid in the Tanganyika mining area in Haut-Uele province, before releasing them after forcing them to move looted goods and food.

The UN agency in the report says that the rebel group’s activities have increased in the area that includes Garamba National Park, where fighters have been accused of poaching.

The U.S. and Uganda earlier this year announced that they had ended military efforts to eliminate the LRA and capture leader Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.

According to the two nations, the LRA was shrunken and neutralized.

Kony’s rebels battled Ugandan forces for about two decades, becoming notorious for their brutality and for kidnapping children for use as fighters and sex slaves.

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