In northern Uganda, tanzanian and Ugandan troops have marched through the town of Arua, situated in the deposed President Idi Amin's native homeland.
GV Tanzanian and Ugandan troops moving through countryside towards Bondo
TRAVELLING SHOT Tank moving along road with infantry at side of road and deploying with other tanks in long grass (2 shots)
GV & LV Tanks firing from beneath trees on road (2 shots)
GV Rocket launcher being fired and tanks moving up rad firing guns (4 shots)
LV PAN AND CU Troops firing and moving through grass towards Bondo. (2 shots)
SV Soldiers advancing past abandoned gun emplacement
GVs Firing and shooting soldiers enter Bondo (6 shots)
SV Jubilant troops chanting as they enter town
SV & CU Soldiers looking at abandoned weapons (2 shots)
TRAVELLING SHOT Troops and tanks moving along road past sign "Welcome to Arua Municipal Council"
GV Civilians carrying palm leaves preceding soldiers and tanks as they move into Arua
SV Soldiers entering town to cheers and children running alongside road yelling support
CU Arua citizens surround soldiers
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Background: 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.