Uganda: June 10, 2003

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An LRA land mine blew up a bus in Pader district (near the village of Lacek Ocot). Five civilians were killed and 19 wounded. A Ugandan military statement said the mine was laid just before the bus arrived, indicating the LRA wanted to specifically hit the bus. The Ugandan Army has been mine-sweeping the main roads in northern Uganda, as a counter to the LRA strategy which seeks to both terrorize the population and restrict economic activity. It appears the LRA wants to show the government that it can still pick and choose targets. Counter-mine operations are difficult to begin with. Most Ugandan roads are unpaved, making it fairly easy to conceal anti-vehicular mines. (Austin Bay)

 

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