Tension Escalates Again As ADF Rebels Attack Near Ugandan Border

Famous DRC rebel group ADF has bounced back with an attack on Mangboko town in the Eastern DRC’s province of Beni which borders Uganda. According to the humanitarian aides the fighting lasted for 2 hours before the army was able to intervene and over power and chase away the rebel fighters.

The fighting which comes just two weeks after DRC soldiers were killed in an attempt to to chase away the rebel group ended with a 16 year old boy having succumbed to injuries,according to humanitarian aides.The rebels attacked in an effort to loot shops and cattle for food purposes.

The previous attack , in Beni region of North Kivu province, was carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist-rooted militia operating near the border with Uganda, said Captain Mak Hazukay, a local army spokesperson.

“An army post was targetted by the ADF attack this morning. Three soldiers and seven civilians have been killed. Another two soldiers were wounded,” the officer said reckoning on the previous attack.

On Tuesday, the army said eight people were killed by armed men in an overnight incursion in Mavivi in the north of Beni.

The Beni region has been the target of attacks since October 2014 by the Allied Democratic Forces. The ADF militia was created in 1995 by Ugandan Muslim rebels to oppose the government after they were forced out of Uganda by the army.

It operates in the border area in the DRC’s North Kivu province, an area where other armed groups are also active. The government has often blamed the ADF for killings, robberies and kidnappings, but numerous other armed groups operate in the region and sometimes it is unclear who the true assailants are.

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The ADF is thought to have killed at least 700 civilians and more than 20 United Nations peacekeepers.

The Democratic Republic of Congo army and troops deployed with the U.N. peacekeeping mission Monusco began an operation against the group in mid-November. Eight U.N. peacekeepers and 12 DRC troops died in a clash with ADF militants near Kididiwe during the joint operation.

The ADF was blamed for the deaths of 17 people who were killed in two attacks in Beni region on December 7 and for killing nine people in an attack in Oicha on December 11.

Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo on December 30 were cancelled in Beni, officially because of insecurity and the ongoing Ebola epidemic in the region.


With reporting from AFP. the quote from the army spokesperson.  was updated on January 9.

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