20 ADF rebels killed as UPDF launches surprise attack in DRC

During the fight, the army said one of the UPDF soldiers was killed, but the identity of the soldier was not revealed by press time.

KAMPALA, UGANDA: At least 20 rebels of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been killed, and four AK 47 guns, 313 bullets among other military equipment recovered after the Uganda People’s Defence Forces launched a surprise attack on the rebels’ camp in the eastern DR Congo over the weekend.

According to a statement by the Defence Spokesperson Brig Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF in a joint operation with the Congolese army attacked the ADF on Saturday, March 25, base at 10:30 am where they killed the 20 rebels South West of River Lusulubi and near River Semliki.

“20 ADF were killed & the following were charged from the enemy;4 AK 47s, 313 Rounds of AK 47, 5 Magazines of AK 47,11 Quran Books,7 Solar panels,2 Combat Uniforms of UPDF,7 Combat Uniforms of FARDC, 5 charge Pots of Walkie Talkies, 5 Radios, 5 Batteries, 2 Phones, 3 Back Packs,” reads a statement via the spokesperson’s official Twitter handle.

During the fight, the army said one of the UPDF soldiers was killed, but the identity of the soldier was not revealed by press time.

The joint army of UPDF and DR Congo forces in 2021 launched an attack in the Eastern DR Cong to hunt for the ADF rebels after terror attacks in Kampala City and towns in the central region allegedly carried out by the same group left at least 10 people dead and dozens injured.

According to the Defence Ministry, since Operation Shujaa commenced, more than 400 rebels have been killed and several areas liberated from the control of the group.

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Maj Katamba said the hunt on the rebels has intensified and urged those that are still in hiding to come out and surrender to save their lives.

“They should surrender to our detachments. They would be handled well. We don’t have the intention of harming those who will surrender. We shall welcome them,” he said.

“If they don’t surrender, we shall continue with the operation until Congo is peaceful.”

There have been attempts by ADF rebels to cross back to Uganda, but they have been foiled by the UPDF.

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The whereabouts of ADF commander Musa Baluku or his top commanders aren’t known.

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