Our sources in DRC has it that a team of military officers have been flown to Beni in North Kivu Province, a region where several militia groups including notorious Uganda’s Allied Democratic Forces continue to wreak havoc and carry out deadly attacks.
The development comes amid ongoing discussion between the two neighbouring countries for a joint military operation to eliminate negative forces and facilitating infrastructural developments in the restive eastern DRC region.
It is reported that David Muhoozi, Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces said, late Wednesday that there are discussions between the two countries for Uganda People’s Defence Forces to deploy its troops in eastern DRC to help fight militants and provide security for the construction of roads to support regional trade and strategic security.
The attacks blamed on Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed group, have killed nearly 200 people, injured dozens of others, and displaced an estimated 40,000 people in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) so far this year, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
Attacks mainly occurred in the DRC’s Beni Territory in North Kivu province as well as nearby villages in Ituri province, the UN agency said on earlier this year, warning about the alarming increase in attacks by the ADF.
“In less than three months, the ADF has allegedly raided 25 villages, set fire to dozens of houses, and kidnapped over 70 people. This is in addition to the 465 Congolese killed in attacks attributed to the ADF during 2020,” said a statement by the agency.