Hundreds of ADF fighters killed in Uganda strikes – Museveni

Ugandan troops killed about 200 ADF fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the military operations to flush out the Islamic State group-affiliated militants continue, Uganda’s president said.

“We have been carrying out air attacks on the terrorists in Congo,” President Yoweri Museveni said on X, formerly Twitter, adding that around “200 of them were killed” in strikes carried out on 16 September.

More strikes against the fighters have been carried out since then, Mr Museveni added, without giving further details.

Ugandan army spokesperson Felix Kulayigye told AFP news agency that the president was referring to the ADF jihadists.

In 2021, Uganda and the DR Congo launched a joint military offensive against ADF in eastern DR Congo, but the group still carries out attacks in both countries.

In October, two tourists, a British man and a South African woman on their honeymoon, as well as their guide, were killed while on safari in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

In June, 42 people, including 37 pupils, were killed in an attack on a secondary school in western Uganda, also attributed to the ADF.

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