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FARDC Soldier Commits Suicide After Killing Colleague, Civilian, In DR Congo

A civilian was killed by the soldier, and two others were wounded. Recently, another soldier, drunk, attacked his colleagues in DR Congo.

A soldier of the DR Congo national army, FARDC, has committed suicide after killing one of his colleagues and a civilian in Kamango locality, within the Watalinga chiefdom of Beni territory, North Kivu. 

Two other soldiers were wounded in the catastrophe that happened on the morning of Wednesday March 2, 2022.

“The killings followed a dispute between a group leader and one other soldier of the 2103 regiment,” revealed the spokesperson of Operations Sokola 1, Captain Anthony Mwalushayi adding that “the soldier shot at his group leader and a civilian both of whom died on the spot.”

In the confusion that followed, two other soldiers received bullet wounds while the culprit soldier shot himself in the head and died instantly.

The wounded individuals are being treated in hospital and investigations have been ordered into the incident by the army.

It is worth remembering here that such shooting incidents are recurrent in Beni which is a military operations zone.

On Wednesday Feb. 9, 2022, a drunk soldier also killed three civilians, among whom were two women, one of whom was his concubine, in Benengule quarter of Beu council before turning the gun on himself.

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