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Rebel commander who was chief bodyguard to fugitive warlord Kony killed in central Africa

A spokesman for the Ugandan military says Ugandan troops in the Central African Republic have killed the chief bodyguard of Joseph Kony, the fugitive head of the Lord's Resistance Army.

Ugandan Col. Felix Kulayigye said Monday that the bodyguard, who was also a rebel commander known only as Binani, was among a small group of rebels when he was killed in a firefight Friday 280 kilometers (175 miles) north of Djema, a base in the Central African Republic where Uganda-led African Union troops are being advised by U.S. forces.

Kulayigye said it is "unfortunate" that Binani, who is believed to have been a member of the LRA's high command, was not captured alive. He might have shared intelligence on Kony, about whom there is little new information, Kulayigye said.