Rebels kill DR Congo soldier and cyclist in eastern DR Congo

Mayi-Mayi rebels on Monday (July 4th) killed a national army of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a FARDC soldier and a motorcyclist in an ambush on the Butembo-Manguredjipa highway in North Kivu.

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

The delegate revealed that the soldier was a member of a FARDC company based in Kirima and that he rode the motorbike to the local market to buy supplies for his unit.

“In the middle of the ride, he and the biker were riddled with bullets,” Mabanga said.

“The Mai-Mai who were seen in the area are suspected of having carried out the killings. They searched for weapons because they only targeted our armed security guards.

The incident follows the Thursday night killing of two security guards in Nziapanda, about 40 kilometers from where Monday’s ambush took place.

Four young people from the village of Keheku, suspected of having been involved in the killings, were arrested and are being questioned by the army in Manguredjipa.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a driver was shot and injured on Monday July 4 when he was ambushed by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels targeting a utility vehicle coming from Makisabo on the Beni highway. – Kasindi in North Kivu.

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

The injured driver is receiving appropriate medical treatment at Beni General Hospital.

This new ambush followed last Sunday when a vehicle was set on fire around Kidungo near the town hall of Bulongo.


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