By Ivan Mwine
The joint operation between the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces and FARDC, the Democratic Republic Of Congo army, continued to yield results.
Dubbed Operation Shujaa, the joint operation has seen several Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels killed, the latest one being Abu Aden, who was shot dead on Tuesday.
According to UPDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulaigye, Abu Aden was an ADF Commander of Somali origin, who was killed in a battle at Malulu, seven kilometers North West of Boga town.
Brig. Gen. Kulayigye revealed that this achievement followed a human intelligence report about ADF terrorists’ presence in the area, who were asking for directions to Mitego within the same area of operations.
“Six other ADF fighters were also neutralized in the same battle; one Sub Machine Gun, a Solar penal and a Nicko solar battery were recovered from the terrorists,” Kulayigye said in a statement.
He added that; “On February 28th, 2022, another foreign ADF terrorist of Tanzanian origin, identified as Nfurusii was gunned down at Kilunga near the Nobili – Busunga border.”
He noted that the elimination of foreign fighters in the ongoing Operation Shujaa further confirms ADF links to international terrorist groups or movements such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
The army spokesperson revealed that the Operation Shujaa Joint Forces will continue to conduct intelligence led operations to neutralize all ADF terrorists and their allied international supporters.
Operation Shujaa, which kicked off on November 2021, is being implemented following a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Uganda and the DRC to conduct joint operations for the eradication of ADF and other foreign armed groups in the eastern part of DRC.
The operations are taking place in Ituri and Grand North Provinces. It is anticipated that restoration of security will enable road construction works on the Kasindi – Beni – Butembo and Bunagana – Rutshuru – Goma highways by the two countries.