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22 ADF Rebels, 10 Civilians Die In Clashes In Northeast DR Congo

Lt. Jules Ngongo, the army spokesperson in Ituri, said the FARDC killed 22 ADF terrorists and is continuing with mopping-up operations in Ndimo, Monge, Otmaber and Epanza.

The Democratic Republic Congo national army, FARDC, says 22 rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and ten civilians died in clashes in the northeast of the country in three days.

Lt. Jules Ngongo, the army spokesperson in Ituri,  declined to be categorical on the number of soldiers killed during these attacks.

“Within one week of offensives, the FARDC neutralised 22 ADF terrorists and are continuing with mopping-up operations,” Lt. Ngongo said.

“The armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo are in control of the operational security situation in Ndimo, Monge, Otmaber and Epanza.” 

Civil society sources said they discovered bodies of civilians killed by the rebels on Sunday. 

“We have discovered eight corpses of civilians killed by the ADF, with one burnt in his house after an attack carried out by these rebels on Sunday in the locality of Ndimo in Ituri,” said Dieudonne Malangay, a leader of the civil society in the Walesa Vonkutu chiefdom.

Malangay said two other civilians were killed Saturday, July, in the neighbouring locality of Otmaber by ADF combatants who also burnt down two vehicles on the number four national highway. Ten houses were also burnt down during the same period.

Presented by the Islamic State as its Central African branch, the ADF is accused of massacring thousands of civilians in DR Congo and carrying out jihadist attacks in Uganda.

Since November 30, 2021, the Congolese and Ugandan armies have been carrying out joint operations to neutralise the ADF in the Ituri and North Kivu provinces which have been under siege since May 6, 2021.

The state of siege has not succeeded in putting an end to massacres and violence in the two Congolese provinces.

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