|Published : 27 Nov 2016, 15:20:01 | Updated : 27 Nov 2016, 16:00:10|
19 die in Uganda fighting between rebels, army
19 people were killed in two days of fighting between Ugandan forces and a tribal militia in a remote district of Uganda near the border with Congo.
Uganda government's spokesman Col. Shaban Bantariza said Sunday that after rebels had killed four Ugandan police officers and wounded a soldier, Ugandan forces launched an operation in which at least 15 rebel fighters were killed, reports AP.
Bantariza said the rebels are believed to be loyal to a tribal king, Wesley Mumbere, who is critical of Uganda's government.
Mumbere is king of Uganda's Bakonzo people, and some of his supporters have been calling for secession from Uganda.
The western district of Kasese, where Mumbere is based, is a hotbed of opposition to Museveni, who lost there in the last presidential polls. –RH