The Congolese army has announced a new operation against armed groups, notably the ADF Ugandan Islamist rebels suspected of murdering 14 UN peacekeepers last month.
according to report gathered the Army vehicles transported some 300 troops to the operation’s headquarters near Beni in the restive eastern province of North Kivu. The report also added that heavy and light weapons fire could be heard.
The Democratic Republic of Congo army “has decided to launch an offensive operation against the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) as well as against armed groups in the Beni and (neighbouring) Lubero areas,” army General Marcel Mbangu told reporters.
The group also stands accused of killing 14 UN peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo last month, the biggest single loss of peacekeepers in nearly a quarter of a century. On Saturday no UN patrols were visible around the headquarters of the new operation of the Congolese army. In late December, the Ugandan army announced the launching of air attacks against ADF camps in DR Congo.