Ugandan, DRC forces launch airstrikes against ADF rebels in Congo

Ugandan, DRC forces launch airstrikes against ADF rebels in Congo

File image of ADF militants. PHOTO | COURTESY

  • Uganda's armed forces say they have launched joint airstrikes with the DRC against Islamist militants that Uganda blames for suicide bombings this month in its capital.
  • Prior to Tuesday’s airstrikes, Museveni said 12 ADF members had been killed and 106 arrested in Uganda since June.

Uganda's armed forces say they have launched joint airstrikes with the Democratic Republic of Congo against Islamist militants that Uganda blames for suicide bombings this month in its capital.

In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Ugandan Brigadier General Flavia Byekwaso announced that Ugandan forces, together with Congolese allies, had launched joint air and artillery strikes against camps of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces, or ADF.

Uganda's armed forces say they have launched joint airstrikes with the Democratic Republic of Congo against Islamist militants that Uganda blames for suicide bombings this month in its capital.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, Ugandan Brigadier General Flavia Byekwaso announced that Ugandan forces, together with Congolese allies, had launched joint air and artillery strikes against camps of the rebel Allied Democratic Forces, or ADF.

Byekwaso told VOA that Tuesday’s airstrikes in Beni, in eastern Congo, were a long-term wish.

“This has been a wish, actually for both presidents. Because ADF is not only a threat to Uganda but a threat within the region and a threat to DRC itself. I think this has been something that we’ve been looking for, for quite some time," Byekwaso said.

Prior to Tuesday’s airstrikes, Museveni said 12 ADF members had been killed and 106 arrested in Uganda since June.