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Angry Protesters Kill 6 DR Congo Soldiers In Butembo

Butembo town in North Kivu has remained restless since last week's prison break, adding to growing discontent towards the lack of security across DR Congo, especially in the east.

Protesters killed six Democratic Republic of Congo army soldiers in Butembo, North Kivu, on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

The incident occurred around Cape Kalibimbute, where demonstrating youths put up roadblocks to prevent mobility.

The circumstances surrounding the death of the first five soldiers are unclear, but an eyewitness said the last soldier had threatened to kill the angry protesters when they dragged him down from the truck, dispossessed him of his service weapon, and took his life.

The army spokesperson of Operations Sokola 1, Captain Anthony Mwalushayi, confirmed the information adding that the protesters seized the soldier’s weapon.

“At 5:30 p.m., when I passed around the area, I met some youths still manning the barriers and demanding money from motorcycle riders and private and commercial vehicle drivers. Shops remained closed from the centre of the town up to Nziapanda, five kilometres to the south of Butembo town,” a civil society activist who opted for anonymity told HumAngle in Butembo Monday morning by phone.

The situation remained volatile in Butembo more than 48 hours after the attack on the Kakwangura prison by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels that facilitated the evasion of over eight hundred prisoners from the detention facility and resulted in 11 deaths.

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