Two civilians were killed and 10 others abducted by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels during an attack on the Kosakosa, situated near the Mungamba commercial centre in the Walese Vonkutu chiefdom of Irumu territory in Ituri province.
The Kosakosa village chief was among those abducted on Tuesday, April 26.
“We are going to conclude that there was some complicity with children from this village because, according to our investigations, they came in search of the chief, who to us is a very important personality,” said a DR Congo army officer on condition of anonymity.
There is an uneasy calm in the village even as the population of Mungamba is moving to areas perceived as more secure than their village as the army continues to pursue the attackers.
Meanwhile, there have been clashes since Tuesday, April 26, 2022 between the DR Congo national army, FARDC, and rebels of the Makenga faction of the March 23 (M23) movement in some villages of the Jomba tribal group in Rutshuru territory of North Kivu.
According to Lt.-col. Guillame Djike Kaiko, spokesperson of the Operations Sokola 2, the fighting started at 3 a.m. local time in the strategic village of Bugusa, for which the two sides have been fighting for over a week now.
The DR Congo army, FARDC, accused the rebels of having opened fire on their positions first.
“At 3 a.m. in the morning, one of our positions in Bugusa was attacked by elements of the M23 rebel movement and its allies,” the army spokesperson said.
” It is midday now and we are in the middle of operations; we are on the frontline; we are seeking to neutralise the enemy who came to attack us. Bugusa is divided in two. The enemy has been trying to infiltrate our positions.”
Latest reports say the rebels continue to control several villages in Rutshuru including the strategic hills of Tchanzu and Runyonyi.
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