Armed Violence

ADF Rebels Ambush Soldiers Searching For Missing Person In DR Congo

The DR Congo soldiers were attempting to recover the corpse of a woman killed by the rebels when they were also ambushed.

Armed assailants, suspected to be rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), ambushed soldiers of the DR Congo national army, FARDC, in Lumanza village on Friday, March 4, 2022,  as they searched for a missing person.

“The assailants trapped the FARDC soldiers with the corpse of a woman who had been reported missing but whom they had already killed but pretending the woman was the person the soldiers were searching for,” explained Ricardo Rupande, leader of the local civil society.

“As the soldiers approached the rebel hideout, the rebels opened fire on the soldiers and the subsequent exchanges lasted for several minutes. Luckily, the soldiers succeeded in pushing back the assailants and recovered the corpse of the woman,” he added. 

The woman who had supposedly disappeared was killed on Thursday, March 3, 2022 evening as she returned from her farm. Her corpse was eventually taken to the Bulongo rural council for burial.

In a related development, two persons were killed on Friday in Vundiguya situated in the Watalinga chiefdom in another attack attributed to ADF rebels.

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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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