Rebels from the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) have kidnapped at least ten, but possibly up to 40 people from Kunu village in the north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), the AFP news agency is reporting.

The news agency quotes local official Dungu Christophe Ikando as saying the rebels identified as LRA:

“We condemn the kidnapping of 10 people from the village of Kunu by gunmen identified as LRA rebels.”

The UN’s radio station says that at least 40 people had been taken including two members of the electoral commission.

Etienne Akangiabe, an executive secretary with the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), confirmed the news:

“Two of our agents who were on their way back from a voter registration centre was ambushed by armed men.”

He said one of team members had managed to escape.

LRA leader Joseph Kony is wanted for war crimes
The LRA has been operating in Uganda, DR Congo, Central African Republic and Sudan for decades but its presence has diminished following regional and international military operations.The UN estimates the LRA has killed more than 100,000 people and abducted 60,000 children since it was established by the self-styled mystic and prophet Joseph Kony in northern Uganda in 1987.

In May, Ugandan and American troops announced they were ending their “capture or kill” mission for Kony, who was convicted in 2005 of war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Political tension has been rising in DR Congo as the pressure mounts on President Joseph Kabila to organise a general election.

His mandate expired in December last year and an agreement was reached to hold the elections by the end of 2017.

Source: | BBC |

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