Suspected ADF DRC Attack Kills 8

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DR Congos Brigadier Marcel Mbangu says the rebels could have attacked in retaliation of an operation by government troops to push them out of their bases.

Suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have attacked villages killing eight people. Reports indicate the attack was in Tenambo and Mukoko villages, near the town of Beni.

The attack on Monday left several other people wounded.

According to the commander of the Operation Sikola against the rebels, Brig. Marcel Mbangu confirmed the incident. He says the attack may be in retaliation against the operation by the Congolese government against the rebels.

Brig. Mbangu says government is sending more troops to the area to ensure the whole of North Kivu is secured.

The ADF is a coalition of Islamist sects and local opposition forces opposed to the Ugandan government. Originally based in Western Uganda, ADF now operates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is considered a terrorist organization.

The rebels are also said to be regrouping following the arrest of its founder, Jamil Mukulu.
Mukulu, who had been hunted for years was in July 2015 arrested in Tanzania and extradited to Uganda.

 

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