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UN To Target ADF Islamists

nightstalker

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UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo are preparing a move against the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamist extremist group who have kidnapped at least 300 people in the past year.

This follows the defeat of the M23 rebels in the east of the country earlier this month. The 3,000 strong United Nations Intervention Brigade ended the 20 month revolt with an unprecedented mandate to help Congolese forces hunt down rebel groups.

There are dozens of armed groups in eastern Congo, and the ADF is currently under investigation by the UN task force to establish the groups agenda and aims as there is perceived to be a high threat posed by the ADF.

The Ugandan government says the ADF is allied to elements of Somalia's al Shabaab. ADF training videos were discovered in Nairobi and during a raid by Ugandan forces on an island in Lake Victoria - which turned out to be an ADF training camp. The training videos show seemingly intense military type training and it is believed the trainers are from Somalia or Sudan.

Reuters reported that: There are believed to be between 1,200 and 1,400 fighters in the ADF. Children are also recruited through mosques in eastern Congo and reportedly Uganda and Tanzania with false promises of jobs, English lessons and other inducements, while another source of recruitment is kidnappings. Around 300 people have been kidnapped since November and never heard from again.
 
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