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Uganda Fighters Attack Military Base in East Congo

KINSHASA, Congo -- A Congolese army official says Ugandan militiamen launched an overnight attack on a military base in eastern Congo in an attempt to free detained leaders.

Col. Eric Ruhorimbere said the fighters descended on a Congolese military base in Mukakira around 4 a.m. Thursday. Nine of the attackers were killed, along with two Congolese soldiers.

Ruhorimbere told The Associated Press that the militiamen did not succeed in freeing those who are being held by the Congolese military.

Ruhorimbere said the fighters behind Thursday's early morning attack were from a pair of Ugandan groups known as ADF-NALU. They fought the Ugandan government in the 1980s and early 90s, and are said to be regrouping in Congo.