UN peacekeepers and DR Congo troops kill 45 ADF rebels

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Congolese Defense Forces soldiers and United Nation forces patrol the area of an attack near the town of Oicha, 30 kms (20 miles) from Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, Friday July 23, 2021. Congo's military says at least 16 people were killed and eight injured after an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels in Congo’s North Kivu province. Others remain missing after the ambush that took place Thursday on a road between the towns of Chanichani and Mayi-Moya, around 30miles north of Beni. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
Congolese Defense Forces soldiers and United Nation forces patrol the area of an attack near the town of Oicha, 30 kms (20 miles) from Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, Friday July 23, 2021. Congo’s military says at least 16 people were killed and eight injured after an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels in Congo’s North Kivu province. Others remain missing after the ambush that took place Thursday on a road between the towns of Chanichani and Mayi-Moya, around 30miles north of Beni. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

The army and the UN peacekeeping force in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said Friday that they have killed 45 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.

The joint force of the DRC army and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) forces said the rebels were killed in an operation to flush them out in North Kivu province.

DRC commander Brig. Gen. Sylvain Ekenge said in a statement that the bodies of the rebels were found during an offensive operation by the army and rapid intervention forces of MONUSCO.

“[Forty-five] ADF bodies have been found in the two positions of Hedge 1 and Hedge 11. This operation will continue unabated,” he said,

The two forces launched offensives against ADF positions since last Sunday following continuous attacks by the rebels on civilians and killings in big numbers.

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