Rebels 'kill 255' in central Africa
A human rights group has said a Ugandan rebel group known for committing atrocities has killed at least 255 adults and children in the past 18 months in Congo and Central African Republic.
Human Rights Watch said in a report released in the US that the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) killed the victims after they tried to escape, walked too slowly, or were unable to bear the heavy loads they were forced to carry.
The victims were part of almost 700 adults and children abducted in the two countries, the group said.
The LRA began its attacks in northern Uganda more than 20 years ago and has since spread to Congo, Sudan and Central African Republic. It has no known agenda except killing and kidnapping to swell its ranks.