Uganda army used long-range artillery to attack a shadowy rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday in the border region.
Army spokesman Richard Karemire said they had intelligence report the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Muslim rebel group, could conduct hostile activities against Uganda.
The ADF rebel group was behind the Tanzanian peacekeepers attack about two weeks ago in which 14 of them were killed and many were left injured.
The group is also blamed for ambush on United Nations peacekeepers in October in eastern Congo that left 2 peacekeepers dead and about a dozen others wounded.
The basic motives of ADF are not very clear. It started out in 1989 to overthrow Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, but later absorbed other rebel factions and carried out several attacks in 1995.
Many links ADF to Somalia’s al-Shabaab and even to al-Qaeda. It was founded by Jamil Mukulu, who was arrested in Tanzania in 2015 and was thereafter extradited. He is awaiting trial in Congo.
The ADF is just one armed rebel group among several others in Congo. Other groups are based on sectarian lines or ethnic.
About a year before nine Bangladeshi peacekeepers were killed while patrolling in north eastern DRC.
In 1993 two dozen Pakistani peacekeepers were killed in Somalia and several Congolese army troops also sustained casualties attempting to aid the forces.
In early 2006 eight Guatemalan peacekeepers were killed in eastern DRC while carrying out reconnaissance missions.