DR Congo Army Kill Mai-Mai Rebel, Arrest Another In South Kivu

The rebels raided a village to rustle cattle before they were confronted by the DR Congo soldiers who killed one and arrested another.

The Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC, Monday May 9, 2022 killed one combatant of the Mai-Mai Buhirwa rebel group and captured another one, in the Ruzizi Plain of South Kivu. 

The rebel group had been trying to attack the Luberizi Centre.

Sources informed HumAngle that Mai-Mai Buhirwa rebels raided the village to steal cattle at about 11 p.m. CAT.

“The FARDC intervened and killed one Mai-Mai fighter and captured another one after breaking his arms and recovering two AK-47 rifles,” Willy Seremba, coordinator of the Fizi civil society revealed.

Lt. Marc Elongo Kyonda, the spokesperson of the army Operation Sukola 2 in South Kivu, confirmed the information.

“There was an incursion of elements of Mai-Mai Buhirwa in the Luberizi Centre in Uvira territory. Confronted by the fire power of the FARDC, these criminals were routed by loyalist forces,” Lt. Kyonda said.

“The casualty figure is that one Mai-Mai element was neutralised and another one was wounded and captured.”

He said the wounded rebel was taken to a hospital for medical attention, adding that the FARDC recovered two AK-47 rifles belonging to the two Mai-Mai rebels.

The army spokesperson said the military will continue carrying out operations to track down the attackers right into their deepest hideouts.

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