The Armed Forces of the Republic of Congo announced on Monday, October 3, that they had neutralized three ADF rebels. It was during a clash reported on the evening of Sunday, October 2, 2022, on the Kota Okola bridge, near the Samboko River on the border between North Kivu and Ituri.
The information about the clash between the Armed Forces of the Republic of Congo and the ADF rebels was given to the local press on Monday by Captain Antony Mualushayi, the army spokesman in the Beni region. The latter stresses that researches continue in the forest to repel the rebels.
“The regular army has succeeded in neutralizing three ADF/MTM terrorists and recovered two AK47-type weapons. The FARDC, which has gained the upper hand over these terrorists, is continuing the search operation in this area until the morning of Monday, October 3, to put these jihadists out of action and ensure the security of our population.says the army spokesman in a note.
A dozen civilians killed by the ADF in Oïcha
While the army announced the death of three ADF rebels, several sources in Beni reported the death of a dozen civilians following an ADF rebel incursion in the area of Oïcha, the capital of Beni territory.
Despite the state of siege since May 2021, the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri continue to face armed violence. Military operations have been launched, but the rebels are killing civilians in retaliation and the number of civilians killed continues to rise.
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF or ADF-Nalu), a Ugandan armed group of movements opposed to President Yoweri Museveni founded in 1995, is presented by the Islamic State organization (IS) as its branch in Central Africa. Iran claims responsibility for some of the group’s attacks. The ADF is accused of being responsible for the massacre of thousands of civilians in eastern Congo and of having committed attacks in Uganda.