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UPDF on standby as the ADF group infiltrates Uganda

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The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) has reportedly infiltrated into the country.The revelation was made by Col. Deo Akiiki, the Deputy Spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).

Last year, in late October 2023, 10 ADF terrorists under the command of Kamusi and Njovu infiltrated the country through Kasese district and caused deaths to tourists, attacked Lhubiriha Secondary School and killed students, and burned a truck carrying traders with their merchandise.

They later crossed to Kamwenge district and attacked innocent civilians. Since then, their commander, Kamusi, was killed, and his second in command, Njovu, was captured and is currently undergoing trial. The group was destroyed, and operations have further scattered the ADF elements into the jungles of the DRC.

These revenge acts of terrorism were occasioned by sustained joint operations of the UPDF and FARDC (Armed Forces of the DRC) under Operation Shujaa and strategic airstrikes unleashed on the ADF and their hideouts in areas of the Eastern DRC, in general areas of Irumu, Mambasa, and later Komanda, about 146 km from our common border with the DRC.

“Our attacks on ADF terrorists in the Eastern DRC have not stopped. Joint intelligence forces have now confirmed that two days ago, another group infiltrated the country with the same mission,” Akiiki said.

The group is suspected to be under the command of notorious ADF commander Ahamed Muhamood Hasssan, aka Abu Waqas, a Tanzanian-born ADF bomb expert.

Others include Muhammed Issa, Amigo Kibirige, aka Simba, Muhamad Lumisa,and Nasser Hamid Diiru, and one of them is suspected to have been sent by Abu Waqas for the current mission.

“Other sister security agencies have been informed and are on alert, and we will continue working together to protect Ugandans as we have always done. It is simply suicidal for these terrorists to continue making terrorism adventures into Uganda,” he said.

He said that having been hit hard in areas of Kamanda inside the DRC, the ADF has gone on rampage in the DRC, killing civilians far away from where our forces are jointly operating with FARDC. UPDF is sharing all plans with our counterparts, including some of the proposals the two Heads of State of Uganda and DRC shared on the deployment of LDUs (local vigilante groups) to stop these killings.

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