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Uganda army searching for 40 abducted seminarians


The Ugandan army is seeking a group of rebels who abducted more than 40 trainee Catholic priests over the weekend.

Army spokesman Major Bantariza told the BBC that at least 100 soldiers had been sent to rescue the boys.

An eight-year-old boy was shot dead during the attack, which happened early on Sunday morning at the Lacor junior seminary in Gulu district, about 400km north of Uganda.

The Lord's Republican Army (LRA) rebellion has lasted 16 years, during which time thousands of children have been abducted and conscripted to fight alongside the rebels.

The director of Lacor seminary, Mathew Odong, said he fears those abducted may be forced to become LRA fighters.

The archbishop of the diocese, John-Baptist Odama, told French news agency AFP that the rebels smashed their way into the dormitory and abducted 44 boys aged between 12 and 18.

He said that three of the students later escaped their captors and returned to the seminary.

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BBC

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13 May 2003