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UUgandans claim kill over 100 ADF rebels in eastern DR Congo

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military said on Monday that it killed over 100 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in an operation last Friday against rebel camps in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The airstrike and artillery operation, code-named "Tuugo," targeted eight ADF camps in Eringeti triangle in the DRC’s North Kivu province, Maj. Ronald Kakurungu, spokesperson of the operation, told Xinhua by phone from the western border district of Bundibugyo.

Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) used fighter jets and long artillery to carry out preemptive attacks on the ADF bases of Madina, Canada, Tadia, Popoke, Makayoba, Kainama, Ngiti and Kikingi after receiving intelligence that the rebels were planning to attack the east African country, Kakurungu said.

"Our FARDC counterparts have since confirmed that up to 100 ADF were killed and eight camps destroyed in Eringeti area where the strikes targeted," said Kakurungu, using the acronym of the DRC armed forces.

"We don’t know the numbers of those injured because they moved out of the area," he said.

"We believe they suffered a lot of serious injuries."

Kakurungu said the military has been heavily deployed at the common border with the DRC to prevent rebels from infiltrating into the country to revenge the heavy losses that they suffered.

"We have properly reinforced the border positions and the forces are on standby to be able to react and eliminate any groups that will try to cross into our side," said Kakurungu.

"We are not sending any infantry troops as yet," he said.

"The arrangement we have for now with the DRC is that we shall continue only conducting long-range (strikes) and assaulting their [ADF] positions from our side of the border and our FARDC counterparts conduct ground assaults."

DRC government spokesperson Lambert Mende Omalanga, in a statement sent to Xinhua on Saturday, said the two militaries agreed to share intelligence about the ADF and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

"Congolese and Ugandan forces are each enough prepared to deal with those negative groups in their respective countries," Omalanga said.

The Ugandan assaults came after recent ADF attacks in eastern DRC, including the Dec. 7 killing of 15 United Nations peacekeepers and 5 DRC soldiers. More than 50 others were also injured in the attack in North Kivu province.


Uganda raises security levels on Christmas day to prevent terror attacks

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Ugandan security agencies on Monday beefed up security control and raised security levels around churches and entertainment areas on Christmas Day in efforts to prevent possible terror attacks in the East African country.

Emilian Kayima, Ugandan police spokesperson, told Xinhua that security has been beefed up around worship places, entertainment areas and venues planned to hold music concerts on Christmas Day in the capital city of Kampala and major towns.

The security measures are taken in awake of Al-Shabaab, a Somalian militant group which has issued several warnings to launch attacks in Uganda.

"We are alert and prepared. We have enhanced access control measure in places of worships and entertainment," said Kayima, appealing the public to be more vigilant during the festive season.

"We assure the public of safety over the festive season.

"We are ready and fully equipped to handle any issue that may come up," he said.

He said the police and military have also deployed foot and motorized personnel in the streets and busy locations.

The militant group in 2010 launched twin bomb attacks on football fans watching a world cup final in the capital, Kampala, killing about 80 people and injuring several others.


Uganda says DR Congo endorsed attack on ADF rebels in eastern region

KAMPALA Uganda(Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military on Friday said the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) endorsed its attack on the rebel Allied Democratic Force (ADF) in the eastern part of the vast central African country.

Army spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire said in a statement that the leaders of the two countries have been in talks on possible ways of eliminating the ADF, a Ugandan rebel group holed up in eastern DRC.

"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.

Karemire said this understanding led to this afternoon’s attack on the ADF bases using fighter jets.

"These terrorists should know that they may only buy time, but will be targeted wherever they are," Karemire said.

The military spokesman did not give details of the casualties of the attack.

The ADF have been blamed for recent attacks in eastern DRC including the Dec. 7 killing of 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers in North Kivu province.

Karemire said the outfit has been recruiting, training and carrying out radicalization of women and children while working with foreign jihadists.

He said there have been increased signals of intended active hostile activities against Uganda recently, necessitating beefing up security along the border.



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