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1 Soldier, Police Officer Killed In Biasa, DR Congo

The security agents were on patrol in the area where the presence of Mai-Mai rebels had been signaled.

A soldier of the Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC, and a police officer were killed in an attack on a mixed patrol in Biasa, situated in Mukalangirwa quarter within the periphery of Butembo in North Kivu.

According to the Commander of the Police in Butembo, the attack on Tuesday, Nov. 16, led to the death of the victims who were part of a group of security agents on patrol in the area where the presence of Mai-Mai rebels had been signaled.

Polo Ngoma, Superior Principal Police Commissioner, revealed that gun shots between government forces and Mai-Mai militia were exchanged in the ambush laid by the rebels.

“Until midday Wednesday, Nov. 17, security forces were still carrying out mopping-up operations in the area, resulting in the complete paralysis of activities in Furu, Biasa and Kangothe,” a local source told HumAngle.

“Even the Biasa market which functions in full swing on Wednesdays was not frequented by buyers and sellers who feared for their security. Transport to Butuhe has also been interrupted.”

Besides the two deaths recorded on the side of the government forces, no deaths were indicated on the part of the Mai-Mai militia.

The corpses of the police officer and the soldier are currently kept in the Matanda hospital mortuary awaiting burial.

This attack by Mai-Mai militia comes just days after another attack  recorded last Sunday evening in Vusokoli where Mai-Mai militia attacked the site where the Energy Company of North Kivu is building a central hydro-electric station to serve the energy needs of the Butembo population.

Before that attack, other rebels assailed the sub police station of Bulengera, one of four within the Butembo council. The identity of the attackers is yet to be ascertained.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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