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    Ugandan jets strafe rebel bases in DRC

    APA-Kampala (Uganda)

    Fighter jets of the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) on Friday afternoon launched air strikes on camps of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    In a statement released shortly afterwards Ugandan army spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire said they had received intelligence that the ADF fighters who recently raided UN peacekeepers under MONUSCO, were planning to conduct hostile acts inside Uganda.

    He said the latest attack on the ADF camps was a pre-emptive move against future rebel attacks on Uganda.

    “ADF rebels will be smoked out from wherever they are hiding'' he warned.

    In the 1990s, the ADF rebels have been raiding Uganda’s Rwenzori region in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole for the past ten years.

    During the insurgency, they are believed to have killed more than 3,000 people and displaced 100,000 more.

    They were however repulsed and forced to retreat to the DRC.

    The ADF is estimated to have between 700 to 900 fighters.

    Reports indicate that they are still very active in the DRC and pose an enormous threat to the area.

    It was also blamed for the spate of assassinations targeting Muslim clergies in Uganda between 2015 and 2016.


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