An 18-year-old girl has been rescued from the hands of Allied Democratic Forces Rebels by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Ruwenzori sector of Beni territory in North Kivu province.
The victim whose names were withheld by security was abducted on February 11, when rebels attacked Kavasewa, a village in the Malambo group, according to Meleki Mulala, a renowned human rights activist operating in the area.
Captain Anthony Mwalushayi, the spokesman of the sokola1 Far North military operations says that the victim was rescued on Thursday evening during the operation against the rebels’ between Mayele and Bango in Hurara village of Ruwenzori sector. Mwalushayi says that the victim has been taken for shelter.
He declined not to disclose more about the matter but asked area residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movements to the government forces. Last week, FARDC and Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers launched a third joint offensive against ADF rebels who are believed to be operating in Ituri Province and North Kivu in DRC.
On Monday, Zazrad Zerad Saïdi, an alleged ADF rebel and a Tanzanian national was arrested by the joint forces in the locality of Apehutu in the Ruwenzori sector. After her arrest, Mwalushayi explains that after her arrest, Zerad explained that she fled the ADF base during the bombing of the Confluence of Semuliki and Nzelube on the same day.
Earlier in the day, UPDF and FARDC soldiers had carried out bombings against the rebels in Kayenjye and Bundihangaro village, which is 6 kilometres North of Nobili and 5 kilometres East of Kamango Town in Ituri province. The bombings left four rebels dead and the joint forces recovered four SMG riffles including a Rocket Propelled Grenade.
The operation came hours after the ADF raided the residents of Kayenjye where they killed a Bodaboda rider, torched two houses, and looted livestock. The group also abducted six civilians in Bundihangaro who were working in their gardens.
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