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Following the intensification of joint MONUSCO-FARDC operations against the ADF, Martin Kobler, the head of MONUSCO in DRC, urged the remaining fighters to lay down their arms.
“I urge the latest ADF fighters to disarm immediately and visit the camps of MONUSCO,” said Kobler ion Saturday night.
Congolese Generals in North Kivu drawing war plan against ADF
Chimpreports understands that two MONUSCO gunships stormed North Kivu at 14:55 local time, causing considerable damage on the rebel’s hideouts at Saha Sitisa area Mbau, northeast of Beni.
MONUSCO said the intervention is part of the overall support provided by UN to the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) since the beginning of Operation Sukola 1 against the ADF rebels.
ADF underground prison
“This high accuracy enables us to achieve a clear goal: to end the recurring ADF attacks against civilians,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General.
“MONUSCO remains determined to use all means at its disposal to provide protection to all the people who continue to live under the oppression of armed groups.”
Led by Al Qaeda-trained Jamil Mukulu, the ADF recently came under intense heat from DRC and UN troops, with majority of the fighters scattering over a large swathe of land.
While several ADF bases and training grounds have been destroyed, several commanders and the outfit’s ideology of installing a Muslim President in Uganda remain alive.
Congolese soldiers on the frontline
ADF in the late 1990s attempted to attack Uganda through western Uganda before registering a humiliating defeat.
Of over 1,500 rebels who stormed Uganda, only 300 returned to the DRC jungles to remobilise and train new combatants. Majority of the fighters were killed.
Part of the destroyed ADF hideout
The rebels last year attacked the border town of Kamango, killing people and looting medicine from hospitals.
Due to pressure from Uganda, DRC was forced to take action of the ADF rebels. UN estimates that over 300 rebels have been killed since January.
Arabic manuscripts were found in ADF hideouts
A partially destroyed ADF camp being toured by FARDC
The rebels’ training outfit
Some ADF fighters have since been killed in the FARDC/UN offensives
The body of a female ADF fighter