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Ugandan Army Refutes Deployment in Rebel-held Areas in DRC

Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has denied deploying combatants in Democratic Republic of Congo, Chimp Corps report.

The mineral-rich eastern part of the vast country harbors the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels which remain a national security threat to Uganda.

The movement’s supreme leader Jamil Mukulu is jailed at Luzira Prison.

On Thursday night, reports indicated that UPDF had dispatched 1,000 soldiers to DRC.

“The population of BENI, MBAU, OICHA and its surroundings be vigorous,” the report shared by Congolese activists on social media reads in part.

“More than 1000 UPDF troops have just crossed the border enroute to the territory of BENI. Take all precautions.”

Reacting to the reports, Uganda’s Defence spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire observed: “This is to refute the information circulating on social media that more than 1000 UPDF troops have entered the DRC.”

He emphasized: “It is  absolutely not true because all forces along that common border remain deployed within the territory of Uganda.”

Uganda maintains heavily-armed soldiers in all mountains along the Albertine flank bordering DRC.

In a surprise attack, UPDF in 2017 conducted long-range artillery and aerial bombardment of ADF camps in Beni.

The Congolese troops have in recent months stepped up attacks on ADF rebels, flushing them out from their hideouts near the Ugandan border. 

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