Ugandan, Congolese Armies Jointly Shell ADF Positions in DRC

According to locals, several detonations and heavy weapons were heard in the area in the morning hours targeting ADF positions in the Kichanga region near Madina.
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The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (French: Forces Armées de la République Rémocratique du Congo -FARDC) in conjunction with Uganda Peoples Defense Forces -UPDF this morning started shelled Allied Democratic Forces -ADF rebel positions in Watalinga Chiefdom of Beni Territory, North Kivu province, according to local sources.   

According to locals, several detonations and heavy weapons are heard in the area in the morning hours of Tuesday targeting ADF positions in the Kichanga region near Madina.

  Although DR Congo is yet to issue an official statement about the operation, Lieutenant Antony Mwalushayi, spokesperson for Congolese army Operations Sokola 1 on Tuesday appealed to the public to remain calm, noting that the Congolese army is in operations in the area.   

“The population must calm down, we are in an operational zone, and the army has a mission to definitively track down the ADF," Lieutenant Mwalushayi said. "If we have information on the ADF, we cannot pass on to the media to start saying that tomorrow we are going to attack the ADF.”     

In a tweet early on Tuesday, Congolese government spokesman, Patrick Katembwe Muyaya announced that “...targeted and concerted actions with the Ugandan army started with airstrikes and artillery fire from Uganda on the positions of ADF terrorists in the DRC."

This was after the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) spokesperson also released a statement in a tweet that UPDF launched an air and artillery strike against the ADF camps in DRC. 

“This morning, we have launched joint air and artillery strikes against ADF camps with our Congolese allies,” Brigadier General Flavia Byekwaso tweeted.  

During a press conference held on Monday, spokespersons for the FARDC, General Léon-Richard Kasonga, and the Congolese National Police, Léon Richard Kasonga confirmed  that there was a collaboration or pooling of efforts between the Congolese and Ugandan armies, in particular, to put an end to the terrorism perpetrated by the Ugandan rebels of the ADF.

The national deputy and president of the Group of deputies of the 26 provinces of the DRC, Gratien Iracan, indicates that “the joint intervention of the armies of Uganda and the DRC to track down the negative forces which destabilize the region of Ituri and North Kivu could be an effective solution to stop the massacres in the DRC".

ADF rebels have been blamed by the Ugandan government for being behind recent bombing attacks in the country. Some ten people were killed in four separate improvised explosive device blasts in the last one month.


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