The Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC, on Friday night, beat back an attack by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on the Beni Central Prison in North Kivu.
An army position situated in Mbelu within the Beu council of Beni town was also burnt down by the ADF assailants.
“The attack started at 11 p.m. local time last night and the assailants were quickly pushed back by the army”, the mayor of Beni, Narcisse Muteba confirmed, adding that the army has specially commended the youths of Rwangoma quarter who collaborated with them in pushing back the rebels.
According to the army spokesperson in Beni, Captain Anthony Mwalushayi, the assailants intended to free their commandos who are detained in the Beni central prison.
“This ADF incursion within the periphery of the Central prison of Kangbayi was dictated by the desire of the enemy to liberate a majority of their commandos who were arrested by the FARDC during different operations”, Captain Anthony Mwalushayi declared.
Recall that on August 13, 2016, more than fifty persons were massacred within the zone attacked last night and that was the worst case of killings in Beni since 2014.
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