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UPDF and FARDC neutralize ADF terrorists, rescue 8 hostages in Eastern DRC


UPDF and FARDC neutralize ADF terrorists, rescue 8 hostages in Eastern DRC

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) conducted a successful joint operation against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), resulting in the elimination of three terrorists and the rescue of five children and three women.

The incident occurred on Saturday, January 20, 2024. According to Major Bilal Katamba, the Public Information Officer at UPDF Mountain Division/Operation Shujaa, the operation took place on the West bank of River Lunah, in Matunguru Valley, North East of Maitatu, Irumu territory, Ituri Province in Eastern DRC. The rescued women informed UPDF soldiers that they had been abducted by the ADF during a rebel ambush on a bus traveling from Kamanda to Beni, which occurred at Ndalya on November 5, 2021. They had been held captive since then. In addition to the successful rescue, the joint forces recovered an RPG bomb and medicines used by the rebels during the operation.

“The joint forces continue to pursue the remaining rebels who are on the run, having been ousted from Mwalika Valley late last year. The ADF, an affiliate of ISIS, has committed numerous atrocities against civilians in Eastern DRC and Uganda,” stated Major Katamba.

Sarah K. Biryomumaisho is a Multimedia journalist (Broadcast & Writing) with 11 years of experience. She holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute and a Certificate in Media Management from Women in News. She completed a Course in Wikimedia in 2020, making her one of the very few Wikipedia Editors in the country. She also has a certificate in Gender Justice Reporting from The International Women's Media Foundation, IWMF. She has worked with a number of media houses including 6 Radio stations, most recently Galaxy fm 100.2 & Radio 4. She has worked with Andariya Magazine as a writer. Sarah worked as a Digital Communications consultant for the newly revived Uganda Airlines and is also a Digital enthusiast. She owns a Media Organization called TheUgPost that publishes in Uganda and has a global reach. Twitter;

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