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CPC 64 Rebels Attack Bukavu In Eastern Dr Congo

Combatants of the CPC 64 rebel movement Tuesday, Nov. 2 night attacked Bukavu town, chief town of the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As of the time of filing this report, fighting was still going on.

According to the Commander of the 33rd military region, Brigadier General Bob Ngoie Kilubi, “They fired several shots. They tried to seize ammunition in a police camp but they did not succeed.”

“They wanted to attack the 10th military region in order to free their comrades held there. The attackers are of the CPC 64 movement. We prefer to contain them in the darkness.”

“We are trying to avoid much destruction and we are really prepared for the consequences. Rumours are already circulating concerning the attack but we are waiting for more light to be thrown on it during the day of today, Wednesday, Nov. 3,  to take the necessary measures.”

Brigadier General Ngoie Kilubi asked the population to remain calm.

“Do not go out. We first want to put order in the town. We have blocked certain exit routes in the town. We are waiting a little longer in order to put our hands on these people,” the senior military officer declared.

“Sporadic gunfire is still being heard in certain quarters of the town. The forces of order and security have been deployed to put an end to the attack that was launched last night by armed men now identified by the army as members of a movement called CPC 64,” the Governor of South Kivu, Theo Kasi revealed.

“I have issued a communique and right now the situation is stable. The situation is under control in spite of the attack by these uncivilized evil doers.” 

“The quarters of Nyawere, Bulambula and Brasserie were among the most seriously affected by the gunfire of the assailants.”

“It is still early to know more about the group. We have some of the presumed assailants and we have been working with the security forces for some time now. I cannot as yet tell you with precision who these people are,” the Governor added.

“This morning, the situation is getting calmer. Some of the bandits have been encircled in the north quarters. They are holed up in a house. Police will carry out an operation in Essence quarter.”

“Circulation in the town is very timid. Vehicles are rare to come by and only motorcycles and certain persons on foot can be seen in certain quarters in the town.”

 A civil society activist who witnessed the scene said, “They came here with the motive of liberating the country.”

“The CPC 64 movement made an incursion into Bukavu town in the night of Tuesday, Nov. 2 to Wednesday, Nov. 3. Their presence was felt through several shots fired by the enemy forces as they executed their plan.”

“There are more than 40 of them who came through Brasserie, Nyamugo and other corners. They have been chanting and saying that they had come to liberate the country,” a senior military officer who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to talk on behalf of the army told HumAngle.

“They wanted to climb to the Place du 24 and towards the 10th military region. We prefer to contain them in order to avoid destruction in view of the rumours that are circulating. We now know that they are elements of the CPC 64.” 

Civil society sources say the enemy forces continue to parade through certain quarters of Bukavu singing songs calling on the population to join their ranks in liberating their country.

As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the situation was largely under the control of the armed forces of DR Congo, FARDC, who were  struggling to reestablish total peace and quietude in Bukavu.

 Several FARDC soldiers were disarmed by the CPC 64 during the course of the fighting.

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