Kinshasa: The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) said on Tuesday that it had dismantled a network of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels, who were responsible for several bomb attacks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s northeastern North Kivu province.
At least 22 people, most of them identified as ADF members, have been arrested for their alleged participation in “insurrectionary movement and other crimes”, said Anthony Mualushayi, spokesman for the FARDC in the Beni region of the province.
Since the beginning of this year, the ADF rebels, an affiliate of the Islamic State in central Africa, have launched several attacks in the Beni region.
At least 10 people were killed in an improvised explosive device attack earlier this year by the ADF rebels in Kasindi.
The eastern part of the DRC has been troubled for decades by multiple militia groups, in particular rebels of the ADF and those of the March 23 Movement.