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Relative Calm Returns To Lubero, DR Congo, After Rebel Groups Clash

“The FPP-AP were attacked in Kanune. They withdrew and regrouped in Mbwavinywa then attacked back around 3 a.m. In Kanune, a civilian was killed and a medical ‘colonel’ of Kadibo was also killed.”

There is a relative calm in Mbwavinywa after clashes on Monday, Nov. 22, between militia of the Forces Patriotiques Populaires-Armee du People (FPP-AP) of Kibidon and those of the Nduma Defense of Congo-Renove (NDC-R) of Guidon in the chiefdom of Bamate, situated  kilometres from Kayna in the Lubero territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to a local source, elements of NDC-R attacked the positions of FPP-AP of Kanune (Walikale) in Mbwavinywa, Lubero before being stopped and pushed back on Monday morning. 

“The clashes in Mbwavinywa lasted for some hours and forced several inhabitants to flee into the bushes. Four persons, including one militiaman of Guidon identified as a nurse and three civilians were killed in Kanune and Mbwavinywa,” the source who  declined to be identified for fear of reprisals told HumAngle.

“The FPP-AP were attacked in Kanune. They withdrew and regrouped in Mbwavinywa then attacked back around 3 a.m. In Kanune, a civilian was killed and a medical ‘colonel’ of Kadibo was also killed,” he added. 

“In Mbwavinywa, we recorded two deaths within the ranks of the civilians. For now, the inhabitants are returning to their homes. Actually, we have been running away from the risk of finding ourselves in the village without food. Less than 20 per cent  of the population were displaced into bushes before returning after the fighting.”

For several years now, there have been disagreements between the Guidon of NDC-R and Kibidon, an old Mazembe militia group. 

They regularly clash in trying to control villages situated between Luberu territory and Walikale.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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