The national army of the Democratic Republic of Congo, FARDC, has rescued 54 hostages who were being held by combatants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Irumu territory, the army spokesperson, Lt. Jules Ngongo announced on Friday Nov. 26.
“These civilians were abducted during attacks on three locations and Luna,” Lt. Ngong declared, adding that the rescue followed massive military operations in the region.
“This success was possible thanks to combat patrols carried out by soldiers of the DR Congo national army based on the Komanda-Luna operational highway.”
21 among the hostages are children, 17 women and 16 men.
The ADF rebels have for several months stepped up attacks on the Komanda-Luna national highway Number 4, which is a very frequented highway of national interest.
Several persons have been killed during these attacks which always targeted commercial vehicles.
Military authorities who have been piloting the state of siege operations declared in Ituri and North Kivu provinces since May this year had suspended traffic on the highway for some time, following several deadly incidents on the said road.
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