A Ugandan soldier stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “accidentally” shot dead two soldiers in a friendly fire incident in the eastern city of Beni, an army spokesman said on Tuesday.< /p>
Congolese-Uganda joint military operations spokesman Lt. Col. Mak Hazukay told reporters the shooting took place on a highway connecting Beni with the northeastern city of Kasindi in eastern DRC connects Rwenzori region.
A Ugandan soldier “accidentally…shot two of his comrades” on Tuesday morning, Hazukay said, without giving further details of the to report the incident.
A Congolese and a Ugandan soldier were killed, he added. The perpetrator has been arrested.
When contacted by Monitor, UPDF spokesman Brig Felix Kulayigye said he still had no “official communication from this side”. “
Uganda troops invaded the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the first time in late November to fight the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia.
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Initially on the Confined to the eastern province of North Kivu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Ugandan military operation was extended to neighboring Ituri province in late January to guard the two neighbors where a Ugandan company is carrying out construction work under an agreement.
The ADF, which the Islamic State group has described as its Central African offshoot, has been blamed to have massacred thousands of Congolese civilians un d carrying out terrorist attacks in neighboring Uganda.
ADF massacres continued despite joint operations between Ugandan and Congolese troops. The militia is one of more than 120 armed groups active in conflict-torn eastern DRC.
Additional reporting from Monitor.