14 suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels were captured in North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC, including some Ugandans.
The spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) for military operations, Captain Antony Mwalushayi said the suspected rebels were captured on Friday and Saturday by FARDC soldiers during an operation in Mwalika, in Beni territory, North Kivu province.
He however says that out of the 14 suspected rebels, six are foreigners from Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania while the rest are Congolese nationals. He however could not reveal the identities and the number of Ugandans among the six foreigners.
The spokesperson further noted that during the operation, FARDC arrested the wife of the second commander of the rebels only identified as Amigo.
Mwalushayi says that the successful operation was conducted following information from the residents in the area. On Saturday, 10 civilians were killed by alleged ADF rebels in Bulongo, a rural commune of Beni.
A military reinforcement of the FARDC as well as United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) blue helmets, based in Kilya, some 7 kilometres from the commune of Bulongo, made it possible to counter the rebels, who took the direction of the forest.
Captain Mwalushayi said that following the attack, the army has started combat patrols in the area to limit the threats of the rebels on the civilian population.