Joint Operation Recovers Cache of Weapons from ADF Rebels in Eastern Congo

Joint Operation Recovers Cache of Weapons from ADF Rebels in Eastern Congo
UPDF Soldiers in the bushes of DR Congo. PHOTO/FILE

Summary:

  • The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) conducted a successful joint operation in which they recovered a cache of weapons belonging to the Allied Democratic Force (ADF) rebels. The weapons were found in North Kivu Province, Congo, and the joint forces continue to pursue the ADF rebels across multiple sectors.

In a collaborative operation between the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), a significant cache of weapons belonging to the rebels known as the Allied Democratic Force (ADF) was successfully recovered.

The weapons were discovered in Sector 3, near River Taliha Bridge in North Kivu Province, situated in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This achievement was a result of an intelligence-led operation conducted jointly by the UPDF and FARDC.

The recovered weapons include: one 60 mm mortar, two rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) launchers, one RPG shell, one submachine gun (SMG), seven rounds of PKM ammunition, and one round of SMG ammunition.

It is believed that the rebels concealed these weapons in the middle of last year when they were ousted from Mwalika Valley by the joint forces. The rebels dispersed northwest of the Beni Komanda road in Ituri province.

In a related development, a member of the ADF terrorist group was neutralized, and an SMG was seized on May 7, 2024, by the joint forces in the general vicinity of Masizi, located 10 km northwest of Boga in Ituri province. This operation was carried out under the leadership of Colonel Jackson Kayanja in Sector 2.

The joint forces are actively pursuing the ADF terrorists across all four sectors where they are currently operating.

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