25 killed as ADF launches fresh attacks in DR Congo

Kampala. Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Monday killed one United Nations (UN) peacekeeper and four Congolese soldiers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The attack on the UN base in Makembi, North Kivu, also left 14 rebels and unspecified number of civilians dead.
“One peacekeeper from Malawi was killed and another was wounded during a heavy exchange of fire. Four FARDC soldiers and a number of civilians were also killed yesterday in two other ADF attacks in the area,” a UN statement issued on Monday said.

The total number of the dead by yesterday, according to the Congolese government, had reached 25.
This is the second ADF attack on the UN after the rebels killed four UN peacekeepers from Tanzania in July after their leader Jamil Mukulu was arrested in Tanzania and later handed over to Uganda.

The rebels are blamed for the June 1998 Kichwamba Technical Institute massacre in which about 80 students were burnt to death. The rebel group is also accused of carrying out bomb attacks in Kampala in the late 1990s.

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SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR