KAMPALA-The Allied Democratic Force (ADF) rebels have captured Kadam Town in the Democratic Republic of Congo and abducted police officers in the area.
ADF rebels took over the town on Thursday morning after overpowering Congolese government forces following a one-hour battle.
The fall of Kadam comes shortly after rebels moved 25kms within reach of Beni Town. ADF rebels recently took over Mamundioma and Totolito towns.
Fighting is said to have also taken place in the area of Kamangu forcing hundreds of locals to flee into Uganda.
Police officers abducted
According to Teddy Kataliko, the president of the civil societies in Beni, the heavily-armed rebels arrived in Kadam Town and abducted a local police commander, his family and nine other police officers.
He adds that a community radio station known as Watalinga has been taken over by the rebels.
However, the Congolese forces say they have not fully lost control of the town, adding that the fight to regain the town is ongoing.
The commander of the Congolese government forces of the 1st Sector in Beni, North Kivu province said it is true that they have lost ground but have not given up on the town.
He said the fight for Kadam will continue up to when the enemy is defeated.
He added that the rebels were well-equipped and most of them were speaking Kiswahili and Arabic.
The North Kivu Province of DR Congo has seen a lot of suffering at the hands of many rebel groups all fighting for control of territory.
At least 10 rebel groups operate in the North Kivu Province. They include: the M23, Nyantura, Mutomboki, Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), Mai-Mai and the ADF.
The presence of these rebel groups has forced hundreds of Congolese out of their homes and they are currently living as refugees in Uganda and Rwanda. By last evening, 15,000 had crossed into Uganda.