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South Kivu: shootout between FARDC after the arrest of four

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Josephine Lukoya

newsdesk@greatlakesvoice.com

Soldiers from the 109th Regiment of the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) are drawn on to Kamituga in Mwenga territory in South Kivu, following the arrest of four of them, accused of stealing the gold and silver in the village of Bigombe. Military officers, objected to the transfer of defendants to Bukavu, ambushed their convoy.

The transfer of these soldiers had been decided last Thursday by the sector commander in charge of military operations, based in Kakulu, 15 km from Mwenga center. He accuses the military of impersonating Rwandan rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in order to plunder the people. They allegedly stole 25 tolas (36.66 grams) of gold, 4,500 U.S. dollars and a large sum of money in Congolese francs in the village of Bigombe.

The convoy, which led them to Bukavu for trial fell into an ambush by other FARDC soldiers at Kasasira between Mwenga and Kamituga. Reinforced with two companies of the 107th regiment of FARDC based Burinyi, these soldiers were able to release their four fellow soldiers who were taken to Burinyi.

The Commander Leo Amani, Colonel Delphin Kahimbi, however, announced that the four alleged criminals finally arrived in Bukavu Friday, February 11, after he ordered the FARDC, authors of the ambush of them there.

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