Uganda, DR Congo Launch Joint Airstrike Against ADF Rebel Group

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has attacked the bases of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces in the DR Congo.

UPDF spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso tweeted on Tuesday afternoon stating that they launched joint air and artillery strikes against ADF camps with their Congolese allies without giving further details.

On Sunday, DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi raised an option of allowing Ugandan troops onto his soil to flush out ADF.

The urge to attack ADF hideouts in the thick DRC forests became inevitable after the twin blasts in Kampala a fortnight ago targeting the Central Police Station and along Parliamentary Avenue.

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At least seven people died in the blasts that security said was the work of the ADF which has bases in DRC.

The ADF started in the 1990s, as a merger of several small rebel groups, including the Allied Democratic Movement, the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU), the Uganda Muslim Liberation Army, and militant members of the Tablighi Jamaat movement .

The group would later orchestrate several bomb attacks in Kampala.

ADF also terrorized the Rwenzori region in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole for over a decade but an offensive against the group saw them flee to Eastern Congo from where they have been operating .

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Whereas the group was believed to have reduced in size and coupled with their founding commander, Jamilu Mukulu, the ADF has of late remerged and carried out attacks especially in Eastern Congo.

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