36 people killed in attacks attributed to Raia Mutomboki

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Thirty-six people were killed in an attack attributed to the militia Raïa Mutomboki, between Thursday 1 and Sunday, March 4, in three villages near Ekingi in Kalehe territory (South Kivu) DRC army statement say.

According to a statement from the command of the operation Amani Leo published Wednesday, March 7, thirty-one dependent Rwandan Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), two civilians and three Congolese Raïa Mutomboki were victims of these killings.

The militiamen “Raia Mutomboki” organized in self-defense group, making regular raids against the FDLR rebels, seen as a foreign occupying force.

The release of the Amani Leo command, says that the elements of the Mai-Mai came in arms with Raïa Mutomboki Kalonge killed unarmed civilians with machetes and bullets in the localities of:  Ngunda, Muhinga and Muhombe

The same source quotes the chief town of Muhombe among the victims. He was killed with twelve dependent FDLR who were staying with him. All candidates were voluntary repatriation.

They also killed a Congolese woman married to an FDLR among the eleven victims of the attack Muhinga before killing the other nine dependent of Ngunda FDLR.
In retaliation, the FDLR has killed three Raia Mutomboki Kalonge after fleeing to the killings, said the same document.

These massacres were perpetrated in the absence of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) who were pursuing the FDLR in villages deep.

In addition, the Operation Commander Leo Amani called upon Raya Mutomboki elements to lay down their weapons to the FARDC before their social and economic reintegration.

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