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ADF Hunt: Construction, Rehabilitation of Bukakati-River Semuliki Security Roads Completed

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The joint forces of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and the DRC FARDC counterparts have announced the completion of the construction and rehabilitation of Bukakati to River Semuliki security roads.

Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF spokesperson, and her Congo Counterpart Maj. Gen. Kasonga Cibangu Léon said in a joint press statement that these roads will help to facilitate troop deployment, logistics movement, and traffic flow.

The joint ground forces have since commenced “advance to contact” as well as continued air and artillery strikes on newly identified enemy positions especially in BENI and ITURI provinces,” reads part of the statement.

 “n BENI, the joint ground forces launched operations at Kilometer point 51, near the SEMULIKI river after intense bombardments on enemy positions located at KAMBI YA JUA, TONDOLI, and KAHINAMA,” the statement adds.

The duo said that by Yesterday December 20, the joint forces encountered and overran an ADF splinter force South West of KAMBI YA JUA killing two terrorists and capturing one PK machine gun with 300 rounds of live ammunition. Unfortunately, one UPDF soldier got injured, has stabilized, and is out of danger.

In ITURI, the artillery shelling and aerial bombardments carried out by the two forces destroyed the ADF strongholds particularly in MADINA 3, BANTONGA, KITUMBA and MULANGU,” the statement reads

Byekwaso and Leon said that there is also an increased intensity of mobile operations to deny the ADF also known as Madinat Twahaheed Mujahideen/Islamic State which I now on the run and scattered from escape.

In addition, search and cleaning up operations continue in the areas of; MAKEKE, MAKUMBO, and MAKUMO, on the MAKEKE-BIAKATO axis along the national road No. 4, to ensure the marauding terrorists are captured and restoration of peace and stability,” they said

In order to consolidate the results of operations, FARDC and UPDF call on the Congolese population to line up behind the coalition, to remain vigilant and urge them to denounce the ADF so as to deny them freedom of action and movement,” they added

To strengthen the operations, FARDC appointed Major General Camille BOMBELE to coordinate with his Ugandan Counterpart operations between operational sectors SUKOLA1 far North and ITURI.

Additionally, the two commanders Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga – UPDF and Maj Gen Camille BOMBELE-FARDC held an operational review meeting at t joint forces Forward Operating Base across River Semuliki and agreed on a plan to step-up operations in the different sectors, according to the statement.

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