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DRC Kills ADF Fighters

FILE: Soldiers at the joint base between the Congolese army and Virunga National Park on the outskirts of Mutwanga, which has been repeatedly attacked by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Beni Territory, Rwenzori Sector, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. 5.24.2021

DRC's army said Tuesday it had killed 11 members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia, which the Islamic State group claims as its local affiliate, in the east of the country.

Captain Antony Mualushayi, a spokesman for the Congolese army in the North Kivu town of Beni, said that troops had killed 11 ADF fighters on Tuesday.

The previous day, soldiers had killed eight members of the Mai-Mai Mazembe militia in Lubero territory in North Kivu. Two soldiers died during those clashes, "on the field of honor", Mualushayi added.

The term "Mai-Mai" is widely used in the DRC to describe armed groups that claim to represent communities in ethnic feuds.

The ADF is one of the most violent of the more than 120 militias that roam the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled east.

The group has been blamed for thousands of deaths in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, and for bomb attacks last year in Uganda.

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi replaced the civilian administrators of North Kivu and Ituri with members of the security forces in a bid to stem violence.

Rebel attacks on civilians have continued, however.