Ugan­dan of­fi­cials: 55 killed in fight­ing be­tween rebels, army

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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.

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