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3 Die In DR Congo Army, Rebels’ Clash

Mai-Mai rebels suffered heavy casualties after attacking a precinct in DR Congo.

Two Mai-Mai militiamen were Wednesday evening killed by soldiers of the Congolese national army during an attack on the Mangina council area, about 30 kilometres west of Beni town in North Kivu.

The attack, which was aimed at the Makeke barrier situated on the boundary between North Kivu and Ituri provinces, also resulted in the wounding of a national army soldier who subsequently died from the wounds.

According to Anthony Mualushayi, the military spokesperson in Beni, two attacks took place simultaneously led by fighters of the rebel Kyandenga militia group.

“The situation has been brought under control by the forces of law and order who overpowered the enemies of peace,” explained the military spokesperson.

The Mai-Mai militia group has been wreaking havoc in the area for quite some time now and has recently been trying to extend its occupation area to the Myanzaba zone.

The Kyandenga militia group has been accused of serving as relays and accomplices of the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group, which has been responsible for several deadly attacks in Beni.

According to the security barometer in Kivu, the Allied Democratic Forces rebels also participated in the attack in Oct. last year on the Beni prison. More than 1,300 detainees escaped.

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