Ecoguards attached to the DR Congo Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) on Tuesday, Feb. 8, outgunned rebels of the Mai-Mai rebels and dislodged them from their position in the Virunga National Park about seven kilometres from Rwindi.
“The overrun outpost was a position solidly established by the lawless individuals about seven kilometres from Rwindi. One of the Mai-Mai rebels was killed and the others fled. An AK-47 rifle was recovered,” a statement by the ICCN revealed.
The encounter comes on the heels of repeated clashes between the Ecoguards and Mai-Mai since the attack by the rebels against ICCN installations in Rwindi on the night of Wednesday, Feb. 3.
These attacks by the Mai-Mai militia in the Virunga National Park followed those carried out by M23 rebels at the end of 2021.
One such attack resulted in the death of one ecoguard in Bukimi in the middle of the Virunga National Park.
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