Uganda: Troops will protect against rebel attacks

Associated Press - December 31, 2008 10:53 AM ET

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Three African nations are deploying troops to remote eastern Congo.

The move follows reports that Ugandan rebels in the region have killed more than 400 people in a series of massacres since Christmas.

The rebels and the Ugandan government have accused each other of being behind recent attacks in the remote area of Congo, where the rebels have bases.

A rebel spokesman denied responsibility for the attacks, saying the Ugandan army is trying to galvanize international support to fight the rebels.

The rebel group has waged 1 of Africa's longest and most brutal wars for the last two decades. The conflict has spilled out of northern Uganda and into Sudan and Congo.

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