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7 ADF Rebels, 2 DR Congo Soldiers Die In Mwenda Clash On Saturday

Military authorities said the rebels wanted to capture villages when the troops engaged them, resulting in the death of seven rebel fighters and two DR Congo soldiers.

The DR Congo national army, FARDC, says its troops killed seven rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Saturday, May 21, during fighting near Mwenda in the Ruwenzori sector of Beni territory in North Kivu province.

Two FARDC soldiers were also killed during the clash while an old army base was burnt by the rebels.

“The clashes began in the morning and the assailants had the intention of recapturing the villages of Mabobo and Bahatch, located six kilometres from Mwenda,” Capt. Anthony Mwalushayi, spokesperson of Operations Sokola 1 said.

“In the panic that followed, four weapons of the assailants including three AK-47 rifles and one other weapon were recovered.”

According to the army spokesperson, the fighting lasted for several hours and “the regular army also secured some farmers who were in their farms during the clashes”.

The Ruwenzori sector has since 2020 seen several civilian massacres by the Ugandan ADF rebel group and since Nov. 30, 2021, the Ugandan and Congolese armies have been deployed in the zone within the context of a joint military operation intended to end violence in the area.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

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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