The Armies of Uganda, DR Congo and the government of South Sudan have launched a joint offensive against Ugandan rebels known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) based in the Garamba region of DR Congo.
A statement announcing the operation was released in the Ugandan capital Kampala by the intelligence chiefs of all three armed forces.
According to the statement, the attack targeted the terrorists at their bases in the forested area of Garamba, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
‘The three armed forces successfully attacked the main body and destroyed the main camp of Kony, code-named camp Swahili, setting it on fire.’
The Lord’s Resistance Army is known for its violence, in particular the mutilation of those who survive its attacks and the kidnapping of children, who have often been forced into conflict.
The leader of the LRA, Joseph Kony has led a rebellion for more than 20 years in northern Uganda and the fighting has displaced some two million people.
Joseph Kony has recently stalled on a peace deal and is wanted by the International Criminal Court.
The Ugandan government has however been involved in lengthy peace negotiations with the LRA, but the leader of the rebel group has demanded that his arrest warrants and that of his associates be dropped before any agreement can be struck.
According to reports, the regional governments had hardened their attitudes to Joseph Kony in recent months as the peace process appeared to unravel.
Plans to attack the rebel camps have been under consideration for some time in the event no progress was made in peace talks.