ADF rebels kill three, burn house in fresh Kamwenge attack

House of the attacked victims. PHOTO URN

Kamwenge, (UG): Suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF have killed three people in western Uganda’s Kamwenge District.

According to the RDC Kamwenge, Mr Isiah Kanyamahane Byarugaba, the suspected rebels raided Nyabitutsi village in Businge parish, Kamwenge sub-county on Christmas night and torched a house in which, three people died.

The dead include Adrine Ngwabiiji 78 and her two grandchildren who are yet to be identified. The attackers made off with ten goats and five cows.

Byarugaba explained that residents have teamed up with the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF to track down the killers.

The attack comes almost a week after suspected ADF rebels killed 10 people around the Kibaale forest. The victims were watching over their crops to protect them from being destroyed by monkeys when they were killed.

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In his message condemning the incident, president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said the attack was conducted by 4 killers believed to be the remnants of the Njovu-Kamusu group of 10 that entered Uganda from DRC Congo, some weeks ago.

“They had crossed back to Congo but came back. They are the group that killed the children of Nyabugaando School, killed the two tourists and their driver, and burnt the onion truck,” he said.

Who are the ADF

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) was originally an anti-Kampala rebel group that fought the government of President Yoweri Museveni from its bases in the Rwenzori mountains.

After it was routed by the military in the late 1990s, the remnants fled across the border into the jungles of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where they established new bases.

From there they have continued to carry out attacks both in Uganda and Congo against military and civilian targets, including one in June that left dozens of students dead and another that killed a tourist couple and their guide in October.

In 2019, the ADF pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, which has since claimed responsibility for some of the ADF’s attacks.

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The area in Uganda where the ADF has recently killed people has two large national parks, and there are fears their assaults could scare away tourists, harming a key economic sector.

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