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Rebels Kill DR Congo Soldier, Bike Rider In Eastern DR Congo

Both Mai Mai and ADF rebels wreaked havoc on Monday, July 4, in Eastern DR Congo, resulting in the death of two persons, including a DR Congo soldier.

Mai-Mai rebels killed a Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC soldier and a motorbike rider on Monday, July 4, in an ambush on the Butembo-Manguredjipa highway in North Kivu.

According to Julio Mabanga, delegate to the governor of Nziapanda agglomeration, the incident occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. local time, between Kirima and Vinio localities situated more than 30 km to the west of Butembo.

The delegate revealed that the soldier was a member of a FARDC company based in Kirima and took the motorcycle on his way to a local market to buy some supplies for his unit.

“Midway through the journey, himself and the motorcycle rider were riddled with bullets,” Mabanga said.

“Mai-Mai who have been seen around the zone are suspected of carrying out the killings. They have been searching for arms because they have targeted only our security agents carrying arms.”

This incident follows the assassination on the night of Thursday of two security operatives in Nziapanda, about 40 kilometres from where Monday’s ambush took place.

Four youths from Keheku village, suspected to have been involved in the killings, have been arrested and are being interrogated by the army in Manguredjipa.

Meanwhile, in another incident, a driver was wounded on Monday, July 4, by bullets when he fell into a new ambush by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels targeting a commercial vehicle travelling from Makisabo on the Beni-Kasindi highway in North Kivu.

The Beni section of the Association of Congolese Drivers revealed that the incident occurred midday Monday when a vehicle travelling from Kasindi to Beni town was riddled with bullets wounding the driver while the only passenger in the car with him was unscathed.

The wounded driver is receiving appropriate medical attention in the Beni general hospital.

This new ambush followed last Sunday when a vehicle was burnt down around Kidungo near the Bulongo council.

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