At least three members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel movement and one soldier of the Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC, died on the night of Monday, July 18, during clashes between the rebels and the government troops in the Semuliki bridge on the Beni-Kasindi highway in Ruwenzori sector of Beni territory in North Kivu, according to military authorities.
The troops recovered two AK-47 rifles from the ADF fighters.
Capt. Anthony Mwalushayi, the DR Congo army spokesperson in Beni, revealed that the clashes took place in Tingitingi and lasted for 20 minutes.
“During the fighting, one FARDC soldier was hit by a bullet and died a few minutes afterwards,” Capt. Mwalushayi said.
Local sources told HumAngle that fighting started when the government troops stopped the ADF combatants from crossing the number four national highway from Beni territory.
But normalcy has returned to the zone as of Tuesday, July 19 morning as the FARDC soldiers were seen carrying out routine patrols in the area.
The clash was the latest between the FARDC and ADF rebels on the Semuliki bridge where several ambushes were laid against commercial vehicles by the rebels.
For the past week, traffic on the Beni-Kasindi highway has been disrupted. Economic operators have suspended the importation and exportation of merchandise through this road because of insecurity.
The Beni-Kasindi highway is an important road that links DR Congo to East African countries where the ports of Mombassa in Kenya and Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania are located.
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