The Ugandan military said it carried out air strikes on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) bases in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Uganda’s military said it conducted the preemptive attack against ADF after the security agencies received intelligence reports of ADF planning to conduct ‘hostile activities’ in Uganda.
“In a preemptive move, this afternoon UPDF (Uganda People’s Defense Forces) conducted attacks on their camps in eastern DRC. ADF terrorists may only buy time but will be targeted wherever they are hiding!” the military statement said.
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group originated from Uganda, attacked in DRC’s North Kivu province on 7 December.
They killed 15 Tanzanian UN Peacekeepers in 7 December attack and wounded 53 other UN Peacekeepers.
The Ugandan soldiers didn’t enter DRC to conduct the preemptive attacks. The military used fighter jets to target the ADF.
Ugandan military spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire told Chinese news network Xinhua in an interview
“Our troops didn’t enter DRC. We employed the Air forces and long-range artillery to carry out the attacks,” he said.
Meanwhile, The Ugandan military said DR Congo had endorsed its attack against Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the eastern part of the country.
The Ugandan military spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire said in a statement that the leadership of the countries is holding discussions to find out ways to eliminate ADF.
“Recently, the DRC authorities proposed that the two countries plan and conduct limited joint operations against this growing terrorist menace in our neighborhood,” Karemire said.
Mr. Karemine added, “These terrorists should know that they may only buy time, but will be targeted wherever they are.”
The northern Kivu is known as DR Congo’s mineral-rich lands. To control the mineral-rich lands of northern Kivu, many armed militias fight in this area. They often get engaged in clashed with the troops of DR Congo and the UN peacekeepers.