DR Congo Soldier Kills Colleague Over Stick Of Cigarette

There have been growing infighting cases among soldiers tracking rebels in the DR Congo North Kivu region.

A soldier of the Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC, on Wednesday, June 1, shot a colleague in Musu village, eight kilometres from Nobili, in the Watalinga chiefdom of Beni territory in North Kivu.

Civil society sources in the locality told HumAngle that the shooting resulted from a dispute over a stick of cigarette.

“A FARDC soldier did not wish to share his cigarette with his companion. In anger, the companion decided to shoot his colleague, who died on the spot,” revealed Odette Zawadi, the Watalinga civil society leader.

It was unclear if the military authorities had taken any action over the incident at the time of this report. 

Incidents of this nature are frequent in the Beni region, where soldiers track armed groups, including the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.

In August last year, a soldier of the 323rd battalion stabbed his colleague to death in Oicha. The two had quarrelled over money paid to them after they had sold a radio set and a mobile telephone they had stolen from civilians in the town.

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