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find geneva;”>Hoods Sempebwa and Habibi Kiwanuka were arrested by the Congolese army, FARDC, on November 30 2011.

This information was confirmed by Uganda’s military intelligence chief Col. Charles Bakahumura.

Speaking exclusively to Chimpreports.com, Bakahumura said the suspects are in the hands of MONUSCO in Congo.

“It’s true these people were arrested. But that’s classified information. We cannot give you details about this case,” he said.

According to a UN report leaked Friday, the duo was in possession of passports of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The ADF collaborators had travelled to Beni territory in order to conduct training for the movement well known for orchestrating terror in the late 1990s and supporting Al Shabaab to bomb Kampala in July 2010.

Sempebwa and Kiwanuka both allegedly have dual Ugandan and United Kingdom citizenship.

According to a group of UN experts investigating the turmoil in Congo, as an indication of their importance to the rebel movement, shortly after their arrest, ADF launched a failed attack to free them.

Kiwanuka was a critical liaison officer for ADF in the United Kingdom, who had come to coordinate activities on the ground for a period of four months.

Both individuals were transferred to Kinshasa by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UN now says it intends to seek further cooperation from both the Ugandan and United Kingdom authorities to identify the financial support networks in which Sempebwa and Kiwanuka were involved.

The arrest is a step forward in fighting terrorism in the region.

ADF THREATS

ADF is a Ugandan-led Islamist rebel group based around the Rwenzori Mountains of North Kivu.

The report further indicates that ADF supreme Commander Jamil Mukulu has been present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with his combatants in recent months.

UN is investigating both local financial arrangements as well as external financing of ADF, in particular the role played by regional and international support networks coordinated by Mukulu.

In August 2011, Mukulu’s residence in Nairobi was raided by Kenyan police, where they captured one of his sons, Hassan Mukulu.

Faced with impending joint MONUSCO-FARDC operations in early 2012, ADF have conducted repeated pre-emptive strikes against FARDC positions and even targeted MONUSCO.

On January 18, ADF attacked FARDC at Mukoko and pillaged uniforms and weapons after driving out the army unit deployed there.

On January 30, ADF ambushed a FARDC patrol east of Eringeti. ADF proceeded to kill eight FARDC soldiers in Bilimani on 23 March and recovered their weapons, forcing the Congolese army to retreat to defensive positions, thereby stalling operations against them.

When operation “Radi Strike” was launched in an attempt to overrun key ADF camps, ADF fired on MONUSCO helicopters overflying the rebel headquarters of Nadui, on 19 and 21 March.

ADF subsequently transmitted a letter to MONUSCO, citing verses from the Koran and threatening further attacks on United Nations camps and personnel if the reconnaissance missions persisted.

ADF have also continued targeting civilians whom they accuse of not respecting business arrangements or providing intelligence to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On 13 November 2011, the rebels kidnapped 16 gold miners east of Eringeti and killed Donat Malahumbe, a businessman and gold dealer with long-standing ties to ADF, who had previously played an important role in facilitating money transfers.

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