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Mai-Mai Rebels Kill 2 Persons In DR Congo’s North Kivu

Mai-Mai rebels attacked Furu town, claiming to be looking for Kambale, the leader of the tribe.

Mai-Mai rebels killed two civilians on Monday, July 4, during an incursion into Furu, in Butembo, North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Tsongo Leon, a civil society activist, said the victims were two young men, one of whom was killed by bullets and the other by machete around 10 p.m. on Monday.

“We were surprised by the incursion of these militia into our area. The rebels came from the Kitatumba cemetery zone,” Leon said.

“In their passage through the quarter, they were shouting and saying they came to kill our leader, Kambale.”

“On arrival at his house, they met the doors open, and a boy came to ask what was happening. The boy was immediately killed. On their way out of the quarter, they met a young man who had just deserted from a militia group and also killed him on the Synohydro bridge,” he added.

Leon told HumAngle that security forces arrived when the rebels had left.

Polo Ngoma, the Superior Principal Commissioner and police commander of the town, confirmed the killing of the two civilians. 

For the past two years, northern Butembo has seen several attacks by Mai-Mai militia who come in from Butuhe region in Malio tribal group where they have their base.

One week ago, the rebels clashed with soldiers and four people, including civilians, lost their lives during the fighting in Butuhe.

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