The Uganda People’s Defence Forces – UPDF has launched airstrikes against Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel bases in the DR Congo.
This was revealed by the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Flavia Byekwaso in a Tweet on Tuesday afternoon.
This morning, we have launched joint air and artillery strikes against ADF camps with our Congolese allies
Brig Flavia Byekwaso tweeted.
Without giving details, the UPDF spokesperson said the air strikes were done together with their counterparts from DRC.
This comes weeks after the ADF carried out series of bomb attacks in Kampala; Komamboga in Kawempe, Swift Safaris Bus, and twin bomb blasts that rocked the city centre on November 16th that left 7 people dead and scores injured.
On Sunday, AFP reported that DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has raised an option of allowing Ugandan troops onto his soil to flush out ADF.
“President (Felix) Tshisekedi has already raised the option of allowing Ugandan troops to enter Congolese territory to chase ADF terrorists together with UN troops,” a presidential adviser told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“But Ugandan troops will not cross the border tonight or tomorrow. All procedures must first be respected, especially with respect to parliament and the DR Congo military command,” he said.
A European diplomat confirmed the news, telling AFP: “We have been informed via our regular channels that President Tshisekedi has authorised Ugandan troops to cross the border to fight the ADF.”
The ADF started in the 1990s, as a merger of several small rebel groups, including the Allied Democratic Movement, the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU), the Uganda Muslim Liberation Army, and militant members of the Tablighi Jamaat movement .
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