Uganda terms attacks against Islamist militia successful

KASESE, UGANDA - NOVEMBER 29: Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) patrol after the clashes between UPDF and Rwenzururu kingdom's royal guards near the Kingdom's palace in the Kasese region in Uganda on November 29, 2016. Heavy fighting broke out Saturday in the western town of Kasese, home to King Charles Wesley Mumbere of the Rwenzururu kingdom, when his royal guards attacked patrolling security forces, killing 14 police officers and 41 militants. The Rwenzururu kingdom is a traditional monarchy based near the Rwenzori mountains which straddle Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, of the Bakonzo people -- with supporters among those who share the same culture and language in the DRC. (Photo by Lubowa Abubaker/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Uganda on Tuesday said the joint air and artillery strikes it launched with the Democratic Republic of Congo in the DR Congo’s eastern region targeting an Islamic State-allied militia known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were successful.

Ugandan army spokeswoman Flavia Byekwaso reiterated the offensive would not be a one-off and expand its scope.

“The targets were accurately hit and operations against the terrorists will continue as we look for other targets of opportunity during ground operations,” Byekwaso said in a statement.

The offensive comes in the wake of Islamic State saying their local affiliate was responsible for an attack on November 16 that killed seven people, including the three bombers, and injured dozens more.

That attack was the third Islamic State has claimed in Uganda. It also claimed responsibility for an attack at a pork restaurant in a suburb of Kampala on October 23 that killed a waitress, while another attack on October 8 killed no one.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)

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