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
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
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
Uganda rebel leader reportedly injured in DR Congo
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
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
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
Zerrougui appointed as UN Special Representative of
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
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.
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.