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DR Congo Army Arrests 70 Militia Operatives After Foiling Planned Attack On Lubumbashi

The Democratic Republic of Congo army has arrested 70 armed militia operatives in the country, while preparing for a major attack.

The Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC, has announced that it captured more than 70 militia operatives of the Bakata Katanga rebel group Thursday, April 22, after foiling an attack on Lubumbashi planned for Thursday, and Friday, April 23.

According to sources in the 22nd military region, the army made the arrests in locations within the periphery of Lubumbashi as they were performing “incantations” in preparation for an attack on the city.

“All these people were found naked in the middle of incantations with a view to acquiring their Mai-Mai invulnerability in order to attack the town of Lubumbashi,” Dieudonne Ngoy, a Major who is in charge of communication in the 22nd military region revealed.

The army has subsequently called on the youths, traditional authorities and opinion leaders to desist from supporting the militia and their devilish practices.

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