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ADF rebel chief of staff gunned down


Congo army has revealed that it captured a base of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) located in the eastern part of the country.

The attack on thе base was a continuation of Operation Sokola (clean-up), an offensive against the ADF launched by the Congolese army in Beni territory in January 2014.

Army spokesman, Major Victor Masandi, told VOA that they killed an ADF chief of staff, Kasadha Kalume, on the night of April 24 and 25, 2015.

Slain Kalume’s body was identified by a captured bodyguard to Seku Baluku, the number two person in the ADF.

Kalume, a Ugandan national was the number three person in the ranks of the ADF led by Jamil Mukulu.

Mukulu is seconded by Seku Baluku, with a coordinating headquarters headed by the late Kalume.

Since last week, there have been reports of the arrest of Mukulu in Tanzania but UPDF has not confirmed.

Meanwhile, Masandi said DRC Special Forces reached the ADF camp at Baruku between the Bango and Semliki rivers on April 22 and captured it after heavy fighting.

Masandi said the camp at Baruku consisted of 104 houses, including the headquarters, and was located inside the Virunga National Park in the foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains.

The U.N. mission in Congo, MONUSCO, has been supporting Operation Sokola, with logistics, intelligence and the intervention brigade comprised of Malawian, Tanzanian and South African troops.

The army found four common graves near the camp containing bodies of hostages, ADF casualties and dependents who were unable to flee.

Since October, more than 300 civilians have been murdered in Beni territory in a series of massacres that have been widely blamed on the ADF and its allies.


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