UN forces rescue officers injured during fighting with rebels in DR Congo

Source: XinhuaEditor: Ouyang
2016-08-12 00:08

BENI, DR Congo, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- United Nations peacekeepers managed to rescue 11 officers injured during a recent joint operation with the Congolese army in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) against Ugandan rebels.

The information was revealed on Wednesday by the interim spokesman for the UN Mission for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO) during a weekly UN press conference in Kinshasa.

The spokesman said Congolese army working in close collaboration with the UN peacekeepers had managed to control the security situation in Beni territory.

Security sources from North Kivu province contacted by Xinhua affirmed that there is a "Muslim coalition in the province from neighbouring states that wanted to create a Muslim territory in eastern DR Congo."

The situation comes just a week after a meeting between DR Congo President Joseph Kabila and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni during which they agreed to share intelligence reports on ADF rebels.

The UN and human rights NGOs have accused the Ugandan rebels of killing over 600 people in eastern DR Congo since October 2014.

ADF is an armed group founded in 1995, bringing together movements opposed to Ugandan president. The group has split in various small groups that are scattered in DR Congo and Uganda.

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