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Ugandan rebel group attack UN base in DR Congo

BY Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA – The Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces on Monday attacked a UN military base in DR Congo, killing one peacekeeper and injuring 12 others, the UN mission said.

The attack took place in Beni, eastern part of the country where UN soldiers have been fighting the rebel group since years.

Congolese troops had clashed with the rebels in the area on Sunday. The day before, the ADF attacked around 10 motorbike taxis in the locality.

“The Mamundioma base was attacked at 5:30 am (0330 GMT),” the UN mission known by its French acronym MONUSCO said, adding that UN ground and air forces had been deployed in the area.

UN has over 20,000 peacekeepers in DR Congo. It’s not clear which nationality was the killed peacekeeper.

The ADF has been accused by Kinshasa and the UN mission of killing more than 700 people in the Beni region since October 2014.

ADF whose leader arrested in Tanzania and extradited to Uganda has been operating in DR Congo since 1996. The rebel attacked Uganda in the same year, displaced thousands in western Uganda before the they were overpowered by the Ugandan army and they withdrew from Uganda.

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