Ugandan Army attacks ‘ADF rebel group bases’ in DR Congo

Ugandan Army attacks ‘ADF rebel group bases’ in DR Congo
December 24 14:54 2017

Uganda’s military says it has carried out air strikes on the bases of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the BBC reports.

In a statement, it said the attack was pre-emptive.

It added that security agencies had received intelligence that the rebel group was planning “to conduct hostile activities inside Uganda”.

The ADF, which is originally from Uganda, is blamed for the 7 December attack in DR Congo’s North Kivu province that killed 15 Tanzanian soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers.

At least 53 other peacekeepers were wounded in the attack.

Brig Richard Karemire told the privately-owned Daily Monitor newspaper that Ugandan soldiers did not enter DR Congo, and used attack planes and long-range weapons to target the rebels.

Several armed militias are fighting for control of DR Congo’s mineral-rich lands in North Kivu and often clash with Congolese troops and UN peacekeepers.