UN gunships target a base of Ugandan Muslim rebel group ADF-Nalu in eastern Congo

KINSHASA: UN gunships targeted a base of the Ugandan Muslim rebel group ADF-Nalu in the eastern DR Congo for the first time yesterday, the UN force said.

The Congolese army had in recent weeks taken the lead in the drive to root out ADF-Nalu, one of the oldest but lesser known armed organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A statement from MONUSCO, the UN mission in the country, said two attack helicopters struck an ADF base northeast of Beni at 1255 GMT.

Beni is a remote town in North Kivu, a restive resource-rich province that borders Rwanda and Uganda.

MONUSCO chief Martin Kobler, quoted in the statement, said the operation, conducted with great precision, helps achieve a clear goal: bringing an end to ADF’s recent attacks against the civilian population.

The FARDC regular army launched its offensive against ADF-Nalu on January 16 and announced in mid-February that it had inflicted severe losses on the rebels.