10 Ugandan militia members have been killed in an army offensive on a rebel base in eastern DR Congo. The early morning operation in the Beni region of North Kivu province targeted the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a militia created by Muslim radicals to oppose Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni which also operates in the DRC.
The operation follows another flare-up of violence in eastern DRC where a number of armed groups fight over the region’s rich mineral resources. The operation as in response to a recent attack by the ADF rebels that left at least 10 people dead.
The Ugandan rebels have been spurring violence in the eastern region of DR Congo in the past years. In the 1990s, the ADF rebels terrorized the Rwenzori region in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo, and Kabarole for over a decade. During the insurgency, the rebels are believed to have killed more than 3,000 people and displaced 100,000.