Ugandan army kills 34 tribesmen on cattle raids

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2009 11:54 AM

Ugandan officials say the army has killed 34 tribesmen who were stealing cattle in Uganda's volatile northeastern region.

Kabong district commissioner Godfrey Kiwanda said Friday soldiers tried to stop some 200 armed Karamojong warriors trying to raid two settlements in mid-November. He said the soldiers tried to stop them peacefully, but when warriors shot at them, they shot back. Kiwanda said two soldiers were wounded and 15 cows were killed in two clashes on Nov. 13 and Nov. 17.

Army spokesman Capt. Henry Obbo confirmed the clashes and said the army was doing its duty.

Karamojongs are traditionally cattle rustlers. Rival clans regularly raid each others' livestock. In 2001 Uganda's government launched a campaign to disarm them forcefully.