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ADF Rebels Burn 6 Vehicles In Manzobe, DR Congo

Despite military assurances that the roads were safe, repeated attacks by the rebels in DR Congo proves otherwise.

Rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Thursday evening burnt six vehicles on the national road number four in the locality of Manzobe, situated in the Walese Vokuntu chiefdom in Irumu territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The vehicles burnt were three heavy duty trucks and three light vehicles.

“These vehicles were parked because the road was blocked by a vehicle that was involved in an accident. The ADF rebels seized the opportunity and set the vehicles ablaze,” Sonia Malangai, secretary of the Walese Vonkutu civil society said.

The whereabouts of the occupants of the vehicles was not known as of press time while the national army was yet to make a statement on this attack by ADF rebels in the region.

The military governor of Ituri province, Lt.-General Jonny Luboya  had on Monday announced that the Komanda-Luna highway had been secured and safe after he had dispatched more than 1000 soldiers to the zone.

“Though from Komanda right up to Luna are not within my responsibility but because of what happened, I was obliged to send a battalion of soldiers to secure the highway,” Lt.-General Jonny Luboya had declared while reporting on recent army operations in Irumu territory.

“Thus, for the moment, the highway is secure and we are going to move on to the second phase after securing it because those people (ADF) always make small incursions into the area and they can still do so. It is in this way that we are going to start motorized patrols to again secure this road.”

Thursday’s attack on Manzobe came two days after the one recorded in the same locality during which three vehicles were burnt by ADF combatants.

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