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Uganda suspends hunt for fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army fighters

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Uganda has suspended the hunt for fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army fighters, blaming hostility towards foreign troops by Central African Republic rebels who seized power last month.

Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.

He and his commanders are accused of abducting thousands of children to use as fighters in a rebel army that earned a reputation for chopping off limbs as a form of discipline.

Uganda provides more than 3,000 troops of a 5,000-strong African Union force hunting Kony and his fighters, who are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

A separate coalition of rebels in Central African Republic, known as Seleka, toppled President Francois Bozize last month.

They swept into the capital Bangui in a lightning offensive which triggered days of looting and drew international condemnation.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/uganda-suspends-hunt-fugitive-warlord-joseph-kony-and-his-lords-resista