UN Choppers Bomb ADF-NALU Rebels In DRC

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A special UN force in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo used helicopters on Christmas Day to fire on the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF, the Ugandan rebel group and help government troops retake the town of Kamango after an attack that killed civilians.

The Congolese government forces backed by the UN intervention brigade helicopters have taken over Kamango town from the Ugandan rebel Allied Democratic Forces-ADF. According to AFP news agency, the Congolese government forced backed by the UN brigade helicopter launched an offensive of the ADF bases in Kamango town on Christmas.
 
A senior officer under the UN Mission for Congo-MUNUSCO told the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity that the Congolese army asked for support from the South African helicopters deployed under the UN brigade to recapture Kamango from the Ugandan rebels. Lieutenant Colonel Olivier Hamuli, a FARDC army spokesperson in North-Kivu province is quoted to have said that they have already taken back Kamango.

Hamuli admitted that at the time of the attack on Kamango mid this year the Congolese forces withdrew because they were outnumbered. Teddy Kataliko, head of the civil society in the Beni region where Kamango is located says the rebel attack took place before dawn. The civil organization blamed the initial attack on the Islamist Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces-National Army- ADF-NALU, one of the oldest but least-known armed groups based in eastern DR Congo. Kataliko said the attackers killed 11 civilians, kidnapped 10 others and wounded five government soldiers.
 
He also said the attackers were now heading towards the town of Nobili, on the Congolese-Ugandan border, where more than 150 000 people have taken refuge from the fighting.  Kataliko said that those fleeing the fighting would not be able to cross the border into Uganda, which was closed.

ADF-Nalu is considered the only Islamist organization in the region. In July the Congolese army battled the ADF-Nalu rebels to take control of the Kamango region, but the fighting sent tens of thousands of people fleeing for safety in neighboring Uganda. The rebels are led by Jamil Mukulu, a Christian convert to Islam. Attempts to get a comment from Government were futile as our repeated calls to the Minister of Foreign Affairs went unanswered.