US verifying surrender of a top LRA leader

Soldiers from the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) patrol in the Central African Republic looking for Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters on June 24, 2014A man claiming to be one of the top commanders of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army has surrendered to American forces in the Central African Republic, a US official said. According to the United Nations, the LRA led by violent warlord Joseph Kony has killed more than 100,000 people and kidnapped more than 60,000 children in an almost three-decade reign of terror in central Africa. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that a man saying he was senior LRA leader Dominic Ongwen had defected, and was in the custody of US forces deployed in the hunt for Kony in the Central African Republic.

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