In northern Uganda, tanzanian and Ugandan troops have marched through the town of Arua, situated in the deposed President Idi Amin's native homeland.
In northern Uganda, tanzanian and Ugandan troops have marched through the town of Arua, situated in the deposed President Idi Amin's native homeland. The advancing armies believe they may now have fought their last battle in the six-month war.
SYNOPSIS: Tanzanian and Ugandan troops advancing through the bush near the village of Bondo eighteen miles (thirty kilometres) to the south of Arua.
Tanks were supported by columns of infantry. Reuters reports that, on Sunday night (27 May), the Tanzanians fell into an ambush in a forest surrounding the barracks at Bondo. The Tanzanians lost six killed and fourteen wounded in the ninety-minute battle that followed.
The Tanzanian troops were surprised at the ease with which they defeated the straggling remnants of Idi Amin's army. It had been expected that the fugitives would mount a major defensive in the Arua region. Although infantry soldiers kept a steady barrage of rifle fire as they entered the Bondo village, they came across no opposition.
On Monday (28 May), the Tanzanians, backed by Ugandan forces, moved further north to their main goal, Arua, and found evidence of abandoned defensive positions on the way.
As they moved into the outskirts of the Arua town area, the advancing forces were welcomed by local residents.
Tanzanian officers were told that Idi Amin had not been seen in the town since mid-April. They said Amin and his Vice-president General Mustafa Adrisi had loaded tanks with his personal possessions and driven towards Zaire.
The advancing army is now preparing to move towards the Zaire border and towards Sudan to finally crush the roaming bands of Amin soldiers who have been terrorising local residents, particularly Christians in the north of Uganda since the fall of Kampala.