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Police Officer, Others Die In Luna, DR Congo Fracas

A colonel of the DR Congo army had ordered his soldiers to shoot at a crowd following a misunderstanding between soldiers and security services at the Luna road block.

Five persons, including a police officer were killed on Sunday, Feb. 13, during a gunfire exchange at the Luna road block situated on the border between the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri in DR congo.

The military authorities had given the casualty figure as three but two other persons who were rushed to the hospital died later.

On Sunday, Feb. 13, a colonel of the DR Congo army had ordered his soldiers to shoot at a crowd following a misunderstanding between soldiers and elements of the security services at the Luna road block.

The soldiers were in a convoy from Beni heading to Bunia town. During the altercations that followed, a police officer and two civilians were killed while other persons were wounded.

The colonel was later arrested and handed over to the judicial authorities, according to Captain Anthony Mwalushayi, the military spokesperson of Operations Sokola 1.

Meanwhile, two houses were razed during a new incursion by suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), on the same day in Buisegha village, 10km from Nobili on the border with Uganda in the Watalinga chiefdom of Beni territory.

According to the local civil society, the attack took place at about 8 p.m. CAT in the evening and luckily, there were no human casualties.

The attack was the umpteenth incursion by the Ugandan rebels into the Watalinga chiefdom after that of Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Nobili.

At least seven deaths have been reported last week during different attacks on the villages of Gogo and Lutundula within the perimeter of Nobili.

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