Bas-Congo revolt: Kitona ex-combatants exchange fire with Army

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By Josephine Lukoya

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KITONA-Bas-Congo-Gunshots were heard, Friday, March 13, at the base of Kitona in territory of Moanda, where ex-combatants awaiting demobilization are gathered.

Congoles security sources confirm that ex-combatants are protesting against the death of their colleague occurred Thursday in the night at the same base.

The victim died after being whipped as punishment on the orders of the officials of the military base.

The protesters whose number is estimated at 2,000 are ex-combatants from the majority of the eastern DRC militias.

Friday morning, they would have recovered weapons and fired shots in protest against the death the day before one of them, say several sources on site. They also ransacked military clinic Kitona and wounded several people, the sources said.

These ex-combatants also wanted to express their impatience waiting for the process of their demobilization. Most of them have stayed in the camp for over a year.

The officers of this military base remained unreachable. Civilian authorities Moanda joined Friday morning did not want to comment on the situation, saying only that the tension is real.

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