Fears of rebellion as Uganda's army battles gunmen

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Associated Press

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 7:03 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan military official says more than 80 people have been arrested as the security forces chase gunmen who attacked police posts and military barracks in three western districts.

Lt. Ninsiima Rwemijuma, a Ugandan military spokesman, said Monday that at least 60 of the attackers have been killed and more than 80 suspects are in custody.

Men armed with guns and crude weapons killed at least a dozen civilians, police and soldiers on Saturday.

Although the attacks appeared coordinated, Uganda's military says there is still no evidence the government faces an insurgency in a region with a history of armed rebellion.

The military has described the attackers as a "tribal militia" motivated by rivalry with other ethnic groups in the mountainous region near Uganda's border with Congo.

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