KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
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
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
"Congolese and Ugandan forces are each enough prepared to
deal with those negative groups in their respective countries,"
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
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
"We assure the public of safety over the festive season.
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
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.