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Uganda, DRC joins military operations against armed militia ADF – SABC News

Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have extended joint military operations against an armed militia called the Allied Democratic Forces in the east of the DRC.

The operation named ‘Shujaa’ began last November and ended in late May. The expansion comes amid ongoing attacks on civilians in eastern DRC.

The Allied Democratic Forces is a militia originally from Uganda. The fighters fled to the east of the DRC in the 1990s after suffering heavy casualties in a battle with the Ugandan army.

Congolese officials have accused the militia of killing more than 1,000 civilians in eastern Beni territory since 2017.

Uganda sent some 1,700 troops to the east of the DRC last November to fight the ADF after two bomb blasts shook the capital Kampala.

Kampala accused the ADF of carrying out the bombings.

Military officials in Uganda and the DRC say the operation against the rebels has destroyed several of their strongholds in the east of the DRC.

They plan to lift the hunt against the rebels to pacify the troubled region.

The US government has designated the ADF in 2021 as a terrorist organization for alleged links to the Islamic State. – Report by Chris Ocamringa from Kinshasa

Uganda, DRC joins military operations against armed militia ADF – SABC News

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