Three soldiers and 11 civilians were killed in the attack

At least 11 civilians and three soldiers were killed Sunday in an attack on the Islamist militant group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Ituri province in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the army. he was killed by four of the perpetrators of the attack.

According to the armed forces, ADF members invaded the community of Antalya and “killed at least 11 people”. In the ensuing battle, “three elements of the armed forces fell,” while the army “neutralized four elements of the ADF,” Lieutenant Jill Ngongo, a spokesman for the armed forces in Ituri province, told AFP.

“The enemy has withdrawn to areas with low vegetation, we continue to pursue it so that we can put our population out of danger,” the lieutenant added.

The community of Entalia is located in the area of ​​Iroumou, about 100 km from Bunia, the capital of Ituri province.

The ADF was originally formed by Ugandan Muslim insurgents who settled in eastern Congo in 1995. They have not attacked neighboring Uganda in recent years, but have carried out more massacres in the Beni area since October 2014. At least 1,000 people have been killed. .

These fighters are considered the most violent in Benny. Their actions have been affecting the neighboring areas of Iroumou and Mambasa, in the province of Ituri, for several months now.

After a few weeks of relative calm, attacks on the ADF resumed in the Beni and Iroumou areas.

Between July and December 2020, attacks attributed to ADF members killed 468 people, “including 108 women and 15 children,” in the Beni, Irumu and Mambasa areas, according to a recent United Nations office report. for human rights.

In the Benny area, the military launched “large-scale” clearing operations in late October 2019 to end ADF operations. Government forces later confirmed that they had driven its fighters from all their bases and hideouts.

ADF fighters are now operating “in small agile groups,” UN experts said in a report to the Security Council in December.

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