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DR Congo Army Kills 6 Mai-Mai Rebels In Kitakandi Clash

This happened during an attack by the insurgents on government positions in Kitakandi, situated seven kilometres to the east of Butembo, North Kivu.

The military high command of the Democratic Republic of Congo army says its forces killed six Mai-Mai rebels. This happened during an attack by the insurgents on government positions in Kitakandi, situated seven kilometres to the east of Butembo, North Kivu. One soldier was also killed during the attack.

According to Captain Anthony Mwalushayi, the military spokesperson of the Operations Sokola 1, the attack began at 11 p.m. when a group of assailants from the Bashu chiefdom targeted a national army, FARDC’s position before they were intercepted and pushed back.

“During the clashes, six militiamen were killed and one first class soldier of the FARDC also lost his life. The army also captured one wounded Mai-Mai combatant and recovered two AK-47 rifles from the assailants,” the army spokesperson revealed.

Captain Mwalushayi identified the attackers as coming from within the Baraka group of the Mai-Mai insurgency.

The Mayor of Butembo, Superior Principal Commissioner Mowa Baeki Roger condemned the attack and called on the youths of his town to dissociate themselves from armed groups.

“To our youths, we call on them to not get implicated in situations of no value to them. To the contrary, rebel actions cause insecurity to themselves and their compatriots. Instead of siding with insecurity, they should work with us, associate with us so that we can combat the common enemy.” Mayor Mowa Roger said.

Mai-Mai attacks on FARDC positions in Butembo have become recurrent in recent weeks.

Last Saturday, Oct.16, two assailants were killed during an attack that targeted the army position in Museya in the Bashu chiefdom.

Other militiamen of the Leopard group created panic on Sunday, Oct. 17 by firing several shots into the air in Chanika village, situated 30 kilometres to the southeast of Butembo town.

Captain Mwalushayi estimated that these attacks are most times intended to throw the military into disarray so that the rebels harvest arms from the military positions.

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