A Democratic Republic of Congo soldier and a taxi driver were killed in an ambush by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) near Ntoma, situated in the Ruwenzori sector, Beni territory in North Kivu.
One person was also seriously wounded in the ambush that happened on Friday, June 4, 2021.
According to civil society sources, the incident happened at midday and the victims were on a motorbike travelling from Halungupa village.
“The assailants ambushed them near the Byahutu bridge,” revealed Paluku Batoleni, president of the civil society of Ruwenzori sector.
This is not the first time lives have been lost in the Ruwenzori sector to ADF attacks.
Last week, at least 50 civilians died from machete and hatchet wounds in different attacks on several villages in the sector.
Meanwhile, the national military intelligence service says it has dismantled a gang of ADF collaborators and arrested seventy individuals in Bunia, Butembo, Goma, Kasindi, and Beni.
According to Gilbert Kabanda Kurhenga, the Minister of National Defense, the DR Congo armed forces also freed 26 students who were taken hostage by the ADF in Tchani-Tchani.
The minister made the revelations during a ministerial council meeting on Friday, adding that due to recent operations by the national army, the capacity of the ADF has been greatly reduced in the Ruwenzori sector to the west of Oicha notably in Mandumbi and Mamove.
He revealed that 35 ADF fighters were killed in Ilya village situated within the Buliki Graben group in the Ruwenzori sector, adding that 14 of the killed SDF fighters were foreigners.
The minister said one of the fallouts from the state of siege declared in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu is the pacification of the Mbau-Kamango road in the heart of the notorious triangle of death.
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