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DR Congo Army Arrests 2 Suspected Kidnappers In Nyiragongo

The DR Congo national army, FARDC on Wednesday, April 6, arrested two persons suspected to be kidnappers in the village of Rwibiranga within the Buhumba tribal group in Nyiragongo territory.

According to the local civil society, the two persons were suspected to have kidnapped a five-year-old child on Monday, April 3, 2022 and their arrest was facilitated by cooperation with the security forces from the local population.

“They kidnapped a small boy named Miradji on Monday April 3, 2022 and yesterday (April 4) these kidnappers started asking for a 20,000 US dollar ransom from the family,” said Mambo Kawaya, president of the local civil society of Nyiragongo.

“The family alerted us and we on our part alerted the security services notably the national intelligence agency and the FARDC. Today, Wednesday April 5, 2022, the family called the kidnappers with a view to entrapping them and fortunately, the FARDC did everything to catch them,” Kawaya added.

“There were three of them but unfortunately, one of them succeeded in escaping and the other two are currently being held by the army.”

In a related development, a woman was kidnapped on the night of Friday, April 1, in the village of Ngangi 2 within the Munigi tribal group by a yet to be identified armed gang.

The woman is still in captivity, according to locals.

Cases of kidnappings are becoming rampant in Goma town and environs.

 The abductors always normally call the families of their victims and demand for large sums of money by way of ransom before freeing the hostages.

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