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DR Congo Soldier Kills 2 Military Officers In Mukinja

The DR Congo soldier was recently released from prison after commiting a similar crime last year. He has seen gone into hiding.

A soldier of the DR Congo national army, FARDC, on Monday, March 7, killed two of his colleagues in Mukinja village, situated seven kilometres from Fizi-Centre on the national highway Number 5 in South Kivu.

The soldier who is a Corporal attached to the 2202nd regiment was just recently released from the Uvira prison where he had been held for a similar case, according to security sources.

“Corporal Ngabo recently left prison where he was detained for a similar offense. He shot at point blank range at his peloton chief and when the second in command of the company based in Mukinja tried to intervene he buried three bullets into his chest,” said Col. David Ipanga, commander of the 2202nd regiment.

According to the Commander, the victims were Lieutenants, noting that the motives behind the attack by the soldier were not immediately known.

“Why Ngabo killed his superiors is not yet known and unfortunately, the trigger-happy Ngabo was not arrested. The search for him continues as investigations also continue,” he said. 

This is not the first time a soldier has killed people in Mukinja. Last year, another soldier killed one and wounded three civilians.

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