By Spy Uganda Correspondent
DR Congo’s armed forces mentioned Wednesday that they had killed 18 militiamen and misplaced two troopers in an ambush in a troubled area within the nation’s jap highlands.
Major Dieudonne Kasereka, the military’s spokesman in South Kivu province, mentioned a unit of reinforcements got here beneath assault whereas travelling although the village of Kagogo in Uvira district on Tuesday morning.
The assailants have been “militiamen of the Makanika-Twigwaneho coalition,” he mentioned referring to an armed group claiming to characterize the Banyamulenge – Congolese Tutsis of Rwandan heritage.
“In the exchange of fire, the army killed 18 militiamen,” whereas two troopers died and 5 have been significantly wounded, he mentioned.
More than 120 armed teams are lively in jap Democratic Republic of Congo, in accordance with screens, lots of them a legacy of regional wars that raged within the 1990s.
The Makanika-Twigwaneho are led by a military colonel, Michel Rukundo Makanika, who abandoned in early 2020 and arranged a power within the Fizi highlands of South Kivu.
The space is the positioning of long-running feuds over land and sources between the Banyamulenge on one aspect and the Bembe, Fuliro and Nyindu teams on the opposite.
Clashes between Banyamulenge combatants and the Congolese military have elevated in the current month.
On December 28, a colonel and three troopers, in addition to 12 militiamen, were killed.