Uganda’s army, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) on Friday attacked Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This development was confirmed by the UPDF army spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire.
“Shared intelligence between Uganda and the DRC, confirmed that the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists who recently carried out attack on UN peace keepers under MONUSCO, were planning to conduct hostile activities against Uganda. In a preemptive move, this afternoon UPDF conducted attacks on their camps in Eastern DRC. ADF terrorists may only buy time but will be targeted wherever they are hiding!” Karemire posted on the UPDF Spokesperson account.
THE ATTACK ON UN
Last week, at least 14 UN peacekeepers were killed and 53 wounded in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The UN’s Monusco mission said the peacekeepers were attacked by suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North Kivu province.
Five Congolese soldiers also died.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was the worst attack on UN peacekeepers in recent history and amounted to a “war crime”.
“I want to express my outrage and utter heartbreak at last night’s attack. There must be no impunity for such assaults, here or anywhere else,” he said.
Eastern DR Congo has suffered years of instability with rival groups fighting for control of territory.