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DR Congo Troops Kill 27 M23 Rebels, Recapture Ntamugenga Town

Fighting resumed on Thursday, June 30, between the FARDC and M23 rebels supported by Rwanda in Rutsiro, in the Bweza tribal group in Rutshuru territory of North Kivu.

The Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC, on Thursday night, June 30 and Friday, July 1, recaptured Ntamugenga town, one of the big agglomerations of the Jomba tribal group in Rutshuru territory of North Kivu.

The troops, during the operations, also killed 27 members of the M23 movement who had been holding the Ntamugenga town.

Lt.-Col. Njike Kaiko Guillaume, the spokesperson of operation Sokola 2 in the North Kivu sector, said the FARDC launched a big offensive inside Ntamugenga against the M23 rebels and their Rwandan allies. 

“The objective of the FARDC was to secure Ntamugenga, which has been done. Therefore, the enemy was put on the run and in disarray.”

We neutralised 27 fighters on the side of the Rwandan/M23. In addition, we recovered some arms, including five AK-47 rifles, one rocket-propelled grenade, some pharmaceutical products, one Motorola radio, and several Rwandan army helmets. 

The army spokesperson said two soldiers sustained gunshot wounds and received treatment at the military specialist services. 

He assured that the troops were protecting the Ntamugenga area.

Fighting resumed on Thursday, June 30, between the FARDC and M23 rebels supported by Rwanda in the locality of Rutsiro, in the Bweza tribal group in Rutshuru territory of North Kivu.

Rutshuru residents are happy about the increasing firepower of the FARDC and are asking that the loyalist forces free all the areas controlled by the M23 enemy. 

Several localities in the Bweza and Kisigari tribal groups have, since Wednesday, June 29, 2022, been recaptured by the FARDC. They include, Rutakara, Rugarama, Buhoro, Kashari and Ruvumu.

Thousands of inhabitants of the zones where the fighting is taking place have fled to zones considered secure in DR Congo and others across the border to neighbouring Uganda.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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