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FDLR Rebels Attack Virunga National Park In DR Congo

The FDLR is still very active in the Virunga National Park, at least 14 per cent of the park is occupied by armed groups.

Two rebels were killed and an ecoguard injured when rebels of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) attacked the Virunga National Park in Rutshuru territory in North Kivu on Monday, Feb. 21.

“One element of this institution received serious bullet wounds. He is receiving the necessary treatment at a hospital facility,” a statement issued after the attack by the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (CICN) revealed.

The attack took place between Mabenga and Kasali in the central park sector.

“Two criminals are dead, one was arrested and one AK-47 rifle was seized,” the CICN statement further revealed.

The attack was the third on the Virunga National Park in February.

The FDLR is still very active in the Virunga National Park, at least 14 per cent of the park is occupied by armed groups.

In April 2020, an attack attributed to the Rwandan combatants led to the deaths of 12 eco-guards in Rumangabo.

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