In a heavy blow against one of Africa’s most notorious militias, Col. Leopold Mujyambere — chief of staff of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR — was arrested last week by Congolese intelligence officers in the town of Goma and later transferred to the capital Kinshasa, where he awaits either a trial or extradition.
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The Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces has ambushed a column of Tanzanian peacekeepers in the DR Congo. According to the United Nations, two peacekeepers were killed, thirteen are injured and four missing.
It is safe to assume that the attack comes in retaliation for the arrest of ADF’s leader Jamil Mukulu last week in Tanzania. Uganda has asked for Mukulu to be extradited and there was no reason to suspect that the request would not be granted.
With four Tanzanian soldiers now possibly in the hands of the ADF, the situation might have changed. It is unlikely that the Tanzanian government will push ahead with the extradition until the fate of its servicemen has been confirmed. This could in turn strain relations with Uganda.