Uganda nabs top LRA commander Achellam in ambush

Reuters News
Posted: May 14, 2012 5:01 PM
Uganda nabs top LRA commander Achellam in ambush

RIVER VOVODO, Central African Republic (Reuters) - Uganda has captured one of the Lord's Resistance Army's top five rebels, bringing it a step closer to catching Joseph Kony, the LRA leader accused of war crimes, the military said on Sunday.

Uganda People's Defence Forces said Caesar Achellam, a major general in Kony's outfit of about 200 fighters, had been captured in an ambush on Saturday along the banks of the River Mbou in neighboring Central African Republic.

They said Achellam had been armed with just an AK-47 rifle and eight rounds of ammunition. He was being held with his wife, a young daughter and a helper.

(Reporting by Justin Dralaze; Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Kevin Liffey)