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DR Congo Troops Kill 13 ADF Rebels In Irumu Territory

DR Congo’s protracted warfare on rebels in the country continues as soldiers kill 12 rebels in Irumu.

As the security situation in the Irumu territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to deteriorate, the country’s troops have killed 13 members of Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Lt. Jules Ngongo, the military spokesperson for the country said the 13 rebel members were killed in the localities of Ndimo and Otomabere in Irumu territory.

Two individuals whom the army presented as auxiliaries of the ADF were also killed and four AK-47 rifles recovered.

“The security climate in Irumu territory is very somber. Besides military offensives, there is palpable tension between the local communities and the Banyabwisha emigrants who are suspected to be collaborating with the ADF rebels,” a civil society source in Irumu told HumAngle.

Civil society associations in Irumu have been praying for the government to reinforce military presence in the zone with a view to protecting the civilians against armed attacks by rebel groups.

“We call for military reinforcement at the front in the region and for a strong intervention in the zone. The population has been living in fear because of the activities of ADF combatants,” said Gili Gotabo, president of the Irumu civil society association.

After carrying out several attacks in the Boga and Tchabi regions, ADF combatants have now become very active around the national highway number four near Komanda.

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