UN peacekeepers to help soldiers Democratic Republic of Congo against attack Ugandan rebels 2712132
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|Friday, December 27, 2013 10:57 AM|
|UN peacekeepers to help soldiers of Democratic Republic of Congo against attack of Ugandan rebels|
United Nations peacekeepers in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Wednesday, December 25, 2013, helped the national armed forces retake control over a town following an attack by a Ugandan rebel group that left dozens dead and displaced many more.
Uruguayan peacekeepers serving with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) patrol the town of Pinga, in North Kivu Province.
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In the early hours of Wednesday, the Allied Democratic Forces-National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-Nalu) attacked positions of the Congolese national armed forces (FARDC) in the town of Kamango, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO).
The rebels captured the location after brief clashes, during which they reportedly burnt a number of houses and abducted some 50 people. According to initial reports, six FARDC troops were killed and seven wounded during the operations, while the number of ADF rebels killed is yet to be confirmed.
The Mission noted that the FARDC has successfully taken over positions in Kamango and is currently in control of the situation.
“The Mission is determined to fulfil its mandate of tracking down and neutralizing all armed groups elements that spread fear and desolation among innocent civilians.”
In March, the Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in eastern DRC.