Congo: 12 ADF soldiers killed during heavy gunfire

ADF soldiers killed during heavy gunfire with Congo’s military [Image: courtesy]
DR. Congo—Heavy gunfire between Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in conjunction with Mai Mai militiamen has seen 12 rebels of ADF killed in the south of the Irungu territory, Ituri province of DR. Congo.

Report from Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, the spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the incident occurred in the wee hours of Sunday morning at around 5 am, when rebels attacked Otmaber location.

According to spokesperson Ngongo the rebels and militiamen first attacked Otmaber village and started shooting.

In the process, the government army responded and heavy fighting started resulting in eight deaths. But a few minutes later, the rebels launched a fresh attack at Mambelenga village, where four other lives were lost and five AK 47 guns recovered.

Ngongo said that it took more than five hours for the FARDC to overcome the rebels from their positions in Okasaa and Mambelenga villages.  He also says that the fighting disrupted traffic between Komanda and Luna on National Route 4.

Lieutenant says that the government army later regained full control of the villages after, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) troops also joined and conducted backup. MONUSCO and FARDC soldiers have also organized motorized combat patrols alongside in order to reassure the distraught population.

Earlier this month, rebels attacked Idohu village same territory and killed 17 locals.

Report files disclose that On December 22, 2021, the rebels shot a truck that was transporting food between Makumo and Lukaya in Bangole. The truck was heading to Biakato in the territory of Mambasa (Ituri) from North Kivu. In the same month, the rebels attacked Mahu village, the Bangole group in Mambasa territory in Ituri province, and burnt seven tons of Cocoa that was stored in Kivu agricultural trading company