Seven Killed as ADF, DRC Soldiers Clash

2003 Views Mbarara, Uganda

In short
General Marcel Mabangu, the head of operations against the ADF rebels in Eastern DRC says that the rebels first attacked locals at around 8pm. They were later overpowered by government soldiers, backed by the United Nations peacekeepers.

Gunmen suspected to be part of the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF on Saturday night attacked villages in the DRC Sparking off clashes that resulted into the death of seven people in Oicha, North-Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The dead include two civilians, three gunmen and two military officers.

General Marcel Mabangu, the head of operations against the ADF rebels in Eastern DRC says that the rebels first attacked locals at around 8pm. They were later overpowered by government soldiers, backed by the United Nations peacekeepers.

The two military officers were killed during the exchange while another, attached to the United Nations peacekeeping forces, was critically injured. The injured peacekeeper was part of the Malawian contingent in DRC. Mabangu adds that three of the attackers were captured with two AK47 sub-machine guns.

"We recorded two losses on the civilian side, two trucks that were set on fire and three attackers were killed" Mabangu says.

He adds that although the situation has been put under control with more deployment, the locals are still in panic. Many stayed home through Sunday in fear of consequent attacks.
 

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.