Fighters of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group on Tuesday, Aug. 17 burnt down two trucks during an attack on the national highway number four in Irumu territory in the localities of Ofaye and Mafifi within the chiefdoms of Walese Vonkutu and Ituri.
The national army dispatched soldiers to the area, resulting in a clash lasting for several hours, local sources told HumAngle.
Lt. Jules Ngongo, the military spokesperson in Ituri, revealed that “the army countered the ADF attack in three areas including Ofaye.”
The Komanda-Luna road where the attack took place, is regarded as a dangerous route as it is always subject to rebel ambushes since the imposition of the state of siege in Ituri and North Kivu provinces.
According to the provincial parliamentarians of North Kivu, over 20 vehicles have since been burnt by ADF combatants on the national highway number four.
Following these attacks and repeated burning of vehicles by the ADF rebels, the government has decided to institute a system of convoys by vehicles plying this very dangerous highway.
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