Two prisoners were killed Friday night April 29, 2022 in Baraka town, South Kivu, during a gunfire exchange between soldiers of the DR Congo national army, FARDC, and inmates, during a prison break attempt.
Col. David Mupanga Ikazi, Commander of the 2202nd regiment based in Baraka said the incident occurred around 10 p.m. CAT on Friday, after the inmates discussed plans to escape and seized weapons from soldiers guarding the facility.
The army commander said one of the inmates identified as Nakitumba Moise, alias Kadafi, who had committed several crimes in Fizi territory and forced the French humanitarian NGO, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) to leave the zone, led the jail break attempt. An FARDC soldier who had killed two officers in Mukindja last month was his accomplice.
“We gave them something to eat and while eating they discussed how to escape. After they finished eating, they succeeded in seizing the weapon of a soldier and started shooting. It was when we decided to defend ourselves that they were hit by bullets and died on the spot,” Col. Ikazi said.
“As you can see, their corpses are about 100 metres from our post. We regret that we will not complete our investigations because Kadafi was the leader of a group of criminals and he was to give us information on their activities. He could have helped us discover where his accomplices were hiding.”
Mcimbwa Icukwe Mickson, the president of the Association of Young Intellectuals of Fizi, has reacted to the incident. He said the death of the two criminals should be a lesson for other criminals who continue to operate in Baraka.
Mickson said he was in support of the efforts of the army and their commander and urged them to continue to eliminate all those visiting insecurity on the populations and their belongings.
“We encourage the act that was accomplished by the army through its 2202nd regiment based here in Baraka and commanded by Colonel David Ipanga. We salute him,” he said.
“We think the death of these criminals would appeal to the consciences of others who continue to tarnish the image of the army which works daily to ensure the security of the population.”
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