Eighteen Twigwaneho militia and two soldiers of the DR Congo national army, FARDC, died during clashes in the locality of Mugeti of the Bijombo tribal group in the upper plateau of Uvira, South Kivu, the DR Congo army has announced.
The clashes occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
“A unit of the FARDC sent on reinforcement to protect the inhabitants of Bijombo and its environs was ambushed in Mugogo. This ambush was destroyed by the FARDC,” an army communique signed by Maj. Dieudonne Kasereka, spokesperson of Operation Sokola 2 in South Kivu revealed.
Besides the two dead, five FARDC soldiers were also wounded.
Since the end of December, 2021, Twigwaneho and Gumino militia led by deserter Col. Rukunda Makanika, have been multiplying attacks against positions of the FARDC in the upper plateau.
According to several sources, at the time of the Mugeti attack, another attack by the militia against a position of loyalist forces was repelled in Kagogo still within the Bijombo tribal group.
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