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DR Congo: 2 Killed In ADF Rebel Attack On Halungupa

Two men were, on Wednesday, killed when combatants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked the village of Tsotsora.

The village is four kilometres west of the locality of Halungupa, in Ruwenzori sector, Beni territory in North Kivu, DR Congo. 

Meanwhile, another person was seriously wounded.

Sources close to civil society activists in the area confirmed the killings revealing they took place at 11 a.m. as the villagers were working in their farms.

Muyisa Kalwana, President of the civil society organization in Halungupa reveals that the corpses of the murdered people are still lying on the spot where they were killed. 

Though informed, local authorities are yet to evacuate the corpses to a mortuary or have them buried.

In a related incident, rebel forces of the Allied Democratic Forces from Uganda and the Congolese army have been involved in violent clashes along the Mbau-Kamango road since last evening and the fighting is still going on as this report is being filed. 

A DR Congo military source says the fighting is centred around kilometre 16 on the said road.

It should be recalled that the ADF is a rebel group in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo considered a terrorist organisation by the Ugandan government. 

It was originally based in western Uganda but has since expanded into the neighbouring DR Congo.

The ADF was founded in 1996 and has an Islamic ideology with Jamil Mukulu, Musa Baluku and Dusman Sabuni as its leaders. 

Presently, it has a fighting force of about 500 men.

The DR Congo which is easily the richest country in Africa by way of natural resources is bedeviled by military insurgencies both from within and without the country, all of which have been fighting for a share of the country’s natural resources. 

This has plunged the country into unending wars since it attained independence on June 30, 1960.

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