The UPDF Airforce (Uganda People’s Defence Force Airforce) has launched an attack on an Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorist camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
President Yoweri Museveni, who serves as the Commander in Chief of the Uganda armed forces, announced this successful operation on Saturday afternoon. In a statement posted on his social media platform, X (formerly Twitter), the President addressed the Ugandan people, particularly the “Bazzukulu” (grandchildren). He revealed that the UPDF conducted a significant operation against the ADF terrorists on Saturday.
This camp is located 60 kilometers from the Ugandan border in Ntoroko district. The attack was highly effective, with precise targeting and reconnaissance support from the air. President Museveni commended the Air-Force and the SDR for their role in locating these criminals. This operation is part of the ongoing efforts to combat the ADF, a terror group with bases in DR Congo.
On September 16, the UPDF conducted airstrikes on four ADF camps located between 100-150 kilometers from the Ugandan border, potentially eliminating Meddie Nkalubo, a suspected Ugandan bomb maker associated with the ADF.
The ADF rebels are linked to the Islamic State, a radical Sunni military group that claimed responsibility for twin bombings in central Kampala on November 16, 2021, resulting in casualties.
Following these bombings, a joint operation to eradicate the ADF and the Islamic State Central Africa Province was initiated on November 30, 2021. President Museveni also mentioned that efforts are underway to locate the group responsible for burning a tourist van, lorry, and killing two foreign tourists along with their Ugandan driver near Queen Elizabeth National Park.
He emphasized the need for a coordinated approach involving the UPDF, Police, and local communities to address this issue. Additionally, efforts are being made to destroy the ADF’s base in DR Congo, and President Museveni acknowledged the cooperation of his DR Congo counterpart, Felix Tshisekedi, in this endeavor.