Fourteen fighters of the rebel Allied Defence Forces (ADF) were killed on Friday in fighting between the rebel forces and soldiers of the Democratic Republic of Congo army in the Semuliki valley, precisely in Kifrere, within the Ruwenzori sector in Beni, North Kivu territory.
According to the commander of the Operation Sokola 1 of the Congolese army, several arms were captured from the rebel fighters, adding that the fighting which began on December 18, was still going on.
“We are in the process of tracking down the remnants of the ADF around Semuliki. We have neutralised 14 ADF fighters and recovered a lot of arms.
“We are continuing to track them until the last one is hunted down, ” Gen. Peter Cirimwami, the Commander of the military operations in the Beni region, said.
The army did not disclose casualties within its own ranks but if the number of ADF combatants killed is confirmed, it would be a big loss for the Uganda-based rebel movement which comes one week after the ADF attacked the locality of Nzenga.
The attack on Nzenga left 12 civilians dead and more than 20 others are still unaccounted for right now.
The ADF is a rebel group in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo considered a terrorist organisation by the Ugandan government. It was originally based in western Uganda but later expanded into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
It was founded in 1996 and is led by Jamil Mukulu, Musa Baluku and Dusman Sabuni.