KAMPALA, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military on Thursday said that Dominic Ogwen, the second in command of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) survived capture in Central African Republic (CAR).
Col. Felix Kulayigye, army spokesman said that Ugandan troops hunting for the LRA in the jungles of CAR on Tuesday had a close fight with Ogwen who is wanted by International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
During the fight, Ogwen survived but one of his fighters was killed and Aanother injured.
Two sub machine guns, two magazines, a walkie talkie and a spare battery were recovered from the rebels.
Kulayigye said the hunt for Ogwen will continue to either capture him alive or dead noting that this is the second time the squads are meeting him in less than a month.
Fire fights against Ogwen come amidst recent reports that the LRA abducted 55 people in CAR.
In May this year Caesar Acellam, a senior commander of the LRA was capture by the Ugandan troops on the common border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and CAR.
Joseph Kony, the LRA leader who is also wanted by the ICC to answer charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity is on the run, according to the Ugandan military.
The Ugandan military backed by the U.S. troops are hunting down the LRA rebels in northeastern DRC and CAR.
The African Union early this year said it would deploy a regional force comprising of 5,000 troops to hunt down the outfit that is causing havoc along the DRC, CAR and South Sudan borders.
For over two decades until 2006, the LRA wrecked havoc in northern Uganda killing tens of thousands of people and making over two million others homeless.
Following intense military pursuit, the outfit fled the country through South Sudan and now is holed up in the DRC and CAR jungles.