Ugandan, Congolese forces capture Islamist militant camp in DR Congo

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)

Security forces from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have captured an Islamic militant camp in an area dominated by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and Islamic State in Central African Province (ISCAP).

According to a statement from Uganda’s Ministry of Defence, troops from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the FARDC seized control of the camp in Kambi Ya Yua, with “limited enemy resistance” and no casualties on the side of the joint security forces.

FILE PHOTO: Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) troops on patrol. /Getty Images

Kambi Ya Yua, a stronghold of ADF/ISCAP terrorists, seating on eight acres of Virunga forest land, is estimated to have accommodated over 600 ADF/ISCAP terrorists and their families.

“This camp was a host to military training and Islamic radicalization activities as evidenced by the literature found, bomb making materials, 01 damaged Laptop computer, 129 live rounds of PK machine gun loaded in their chain, 155 live rounds of Sub machine gun ammunition, 03 solar panels and enemy strength registers,” the statement read.

The statement further said that engineers from the UPDF were combing the location for more weapons and information on the militants.

A UPDF commander, Col. James Kasule, described the seizure of the camp as a “big milestone” as it was a base used to launch terrorist attacks against both Ugandan and Congolese people.

Lt. Col Mbayo Katuta, the FARDC Assault Brigade Commander, said the joint security forces will continue to apply pressure on the militants until they have no place to hide.

“We want to put ADF and other bandits on tenterhooks, with no breathing space, always on the run, block their supply chains. They will die of hunger in the forest. Soon you will see many surrendering when the situation gets unbearable.”

In late November, Ugandan and Congolese forces launched joint air and artillery strikes in the DR Congo’s eastern region against Islamist-allied militia.

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