Soldiers of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) on Tuesday, April 5 attacked and destroyed a camp of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) rebel movement in Bali, located in Djugu territory of eastern DR Congo.
The UN forces killed at least five of the CODECO rebels, wounded nine and seized several military paraphernalia including locally-made weapons and a motorcycle.
The offensive which started at around 4 a.m. ended around 11 a.m. in the morning.
“Taken by surprise during the joint operation carried out by the Nepalese Rapid Reaction Force and Guatemala Special Forces all of which are attached to MONUSCO, the CODECO fighters were forced to melt into the local population enabling some of them to escape from the vigilance of the UN troops,” a senior officer of the DR Congo national army, FARDC, who opted for anonymity because he is not the official spokesperson of the army told HumAngle.
“All were not lucky, however, as five were killed and nine wounded.”
HumAngle learnt that the UN forces and FARDC soldiers discovered that CODECO had established a parallel administration in the area and had been extorting illegal taxes while terrorising the local population.
The offensive was followed by a sensitisation session with the local population on the UN mandate in the country and a call for rebel combatants to lay down their arms and get themselves integrated into the disarmament, demobilisation and reinsertion programme.
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