24 Mar 2012

African Union force to hunt down Joseph Kony

6:29 pm on 24 March 2012

The African Union is setting up a 5000-strong regional force to hunt down fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.

An online video campaign for the capture of the leader of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army was launched earlier this month, the BBC reports.

Called Kony 2012, the video highlights Mr Kony's use of child soldiers.

The African Union official in charge of counter-terrorism co-operation, Francisco Caetano Madeira, says the fugitive warlord has three options.

"The mission we have is to stop Mr Kony from bringing more suffering to the people of the affected areas. It can be reached either by him surrendering, or him being captured, or by him being neutralised."