By Ivan Mwine
Operation Shujaa, which is being conducted by Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) I. DR Congo against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), is already yielding fruits. According to Lt. Col. Ronald Kakurungu, the army deputy spokesperson, the UPDF mobile forces together with the FARDC assault force, finally captured the much revered ADF/ISCAP camp, Kambi Ya Yua.
Early on 24th December 2021, the UPDF mobile forces together with the FARDC assault force, finally captured the much revered ADF/ISCAP camp, Kambi Ya Yua.
Kambi Ya Yua, a stronghold of ADF/ISCAP terrorists, seating on eight acres of Virunga forest land, is estimated to have accommodated over 600 ADF/ISCAP terrorists and their families.
The camp was captured with limited enemy resistance and there was no effect on the joint forces.
Ankunda said in a statement that; “This camp was a host to military training and Islamic radicalization activities as evidenced by the literature found, bomb making materials, 01 damaged Laptop computer, 129 live rounds of PK machine gun loaded in their chain, 155 live rounds of Sub machine gun ammunition, 03 solar panels and enemy strength registers.”
He added: “The structures in the camp were well built with locally made fences; with many cleared under tree shades as seating areas, suggesting that it was likely to be a Command Post of a high ranking rebel leader.”
He also revealed that UPDF engineers are working around the clock searching for possible improvised explosives, bunkers and to acquire more clues about the terrorists.
Commenting about the operation, Lt. Col. Mbayo Katuta, the FARDC Assault Brigade Commander, who is commanding the ground forces in the jungles of Virunga forest said;
“We want to put ADF and other bandits on tenterhooks, with no breathing space, always on the run, block their supply chains. They will die of hunger in the forest. Soon you will see many surrendering when the situation gets unbearable.”
Col. James Kasule, the UPDF 111 Mountain Brigade Commander, said capturing this camp is a big milestone because the enemy was using this same camp to launch terror attacks against both Ugandans and Congolese.
The joint operations for the eradication of Allied Democratic Forces/Madinat Tawaheed Mujahideen/Islamic State in Central African province, started three weeks ago when the combined UPDF Air Force and artillery shelled Kambi Ya Yua, Tondoli, Belu1 and Belu2 which are found in North Kivu province in Virunga and Ituri impenetrable forests of Eastern DRC.