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DR Congo Troops Kill 5 Mai-Mai Rebels

The FARDC troops launched a counteroffensive in response to an earlier assault by Mai-Mai rebels, resulting in the death of a soldier.

The Democratic Republic of Congo armed forces, FARDC, on Sunday, Jan. 9, killed five rebels of the Mai-Mai Mazembe group during an assault on positions of the rebels on Karuruma village in Beni territory, North Kivu.

“The counteroffensive of the DR Congo army was carried out by soldiers of the 312th rapid reactions battalion,” said Capt. Anthony Mwalushayi,  the army spokesperson in Beni.

During the clashes, a Mai-Mai militia was captured and two AK-47 rifles were also recovered, the army spokesperson disclosed. 

The attack was in reprisal for an assault by Mai-Mai Mazembe rebels launched on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 against an army position in Vuhovi which resulted in the death of six of the assailants and one FARDC soldier.

Meanwhile, two teachers who were detained for four days in a military facility in Bunia were released on Sunday, Jan. 9.

Pascal Dudanga Kavarios and Bungishabaku Matho were arrested by the army on suspicion of collaborating with the Integrationist Patriotic Forces of Congo (IPFC) armed group which is active in the Irumu territory.

“The liberation of these two notables was decided by the Head of State, Felix Tshisekedi, in order to preserve peace and facilitate the success of the disarmament, demobilisation and social reconstruction programme,” said Tomy Tambwe, Coordinator of the programme during a press briefing in Bunia on Monday.

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