Mai-Mai Rebels Killed In DR Congo During Power Station Attack

The recent attack is the fourth one in two years on the hydro-electricity station, leading to the death of two rebels and DR Congo soldiers, FARDC, sustaining injuries.

Two Mai-Mai rebels were killed while two soldiers of the DR Congo national army, FARDC, were wounded in an attack on the central hydro-electric station of Energie du Nord-Kivu (ENK) located in Taliha, 35km to the east of Butembo town in the Bashu chiefdom.

According to Philomen Musavuli, head of the communication unit of ENK, the attack took place on Monday, Jan, 17, at 10 p.m CAT.

Musavuli said the assailants targeted the soldiers who were on guard duty at the hydro-electric station which is still under construction.

The spokesperson of the Sokola 1 military operations in the area confirmed the attack and revealed that one assailant was killed on the spot and another was killed in the periphery of the station.

Musavuli said the attack was the fourth on the same site within the past two years.

Energie du Nord-Kivu supplies electricity to the towns of Beni and Butembo in eastern DR Congo.

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