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Uganda rebel leader is reportedly injured in DR Congo attack

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group holed up in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was reportedly injured during an assault on the rebels’ bases in the vast central African country.

Maj. Ronald Kakurungu, spokesperson of the Ugandan military-led operation against the ADF, said Friday the military is verifying reports that Sheikh Musa Baluku was injured in the Dec. 22 attack on the outfit’s bases in the jungles of eastern DRC.

"We have got that information (about injuring him).

"We are still trying to verify that.

"We are looking for proper sources," said Kakurungu.

An online publication, Kampala Post quoting military sources, early this week reported that the ADF leader was briefing his troops and followers at the time of the "surgical" attack, but managed to escape, albeit with serious injuries.

He is now suspected to be being carried by followers looking for medical help, alongside many other injured ADF fighters, according the publication.

According to the Ugandan military, over 100 rebel fighters were killed in the operation that was sparked off by the rebels’ attack of UN peacekeepers killing 15 of them.

The military said with authorization from the DRC government, it used jet fighters and artillery fire to attack the ADF.

Baluku took over the ADF’s leadership after its Commander Jamil Mukulu was arrested in Tanzania and extradited to Uganda in 2015.

Mukulu whose rebel group carried out several attacks in the capital Kampala in the 1990s is currently facing charges of terrorism, murder, kidnapping and recruitment of children.


Uganda rebel leader reportedly injured in DR Congo attack

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan military on Friday said several people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are fleeing into Uganda for fear of reprisal by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.

Ronald Kakurungu, spokesperson of airstrike and long-range artillery operation "Tuugo," told Xinhua that the refugees are trickling into western Ugandan districts of Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko following the ongoing targeted assaults on the ADF bases in DRC’s North Kivu Province.

"It’s not a huge influx of refugees as per say. But some people have ended coming into Uganda for fear. Some of them have ended staying with relatives," said Kakurungu.

Local media said about 500 people have crossed into the East African country following last week’s military attacks on eight ADF camps in North Kivu.

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, Topoke, Makayoba, Camp Richard, Sangote and Kikingi after receiving intelligence information that the rebels were planning to attack the country, the Ugandan military had previously said.

Ugandan military has heavily deployed at the common border with DRC to prevent rebels from infiltrating into the country to revenge the heavy losses 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.

The Ugandan assaults came after ADF’s recent attacks in eastern DRC including the Dec. 7 killing of 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers and 5 DRC soldiers in North Kivu.

Zerrougui appointed as UN Special Representative of MONUSCO

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appointed Leila Zerrougui of Algeria as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), a UN spokesman said.

Zerrougui succeeds Maman Sidikou of Niger, who completes his assignment in January 2018, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres.

Zerrougui brings more than 30 years of experience in rule of law and protection of civilians, as well as a demonstrated record of management and leadership.

She served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflict from 2012 to 2016 and as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in MONUSCO from 2008 to 2012.

Born in 1956, Zerrougui graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Algiers in 1980. Since 1993, she has held various academic positions at law schools in Algeria.



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