Ugandan officials: 55 killed in fighting between rebels, army
KAMPALA, Uganda — More than four dozen people have been killed in fighting between Ugandan forces and a tribal militia in a remote district near the border with Congo, Ugandan officials said Sunday as security forces battled armed men protecting a tribal king who is accused of leading the rebels.
At least 55 people, including 41 rebels and 14 police officers, have been killed in clashes in Ugan- da’s Rwenzori region, a police spokesman said.
The killings are an escalation of a long-running conflict between Ugandan security forces and rebels loyal to a tribal king, Charles Wesley Mumbere.
On Sunday, Ugandan troops exchanged gunfire with Mumbere’s guards at his palace in the western district of Kasese before overwhelming them and transferring the king to a police post for questioning.