Calm returns to DR Congo's Katanga province after insurgency

18:20, December 01, 2010      

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Calm has been restored in Luena village in Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), 48 hours after the confrontations between armed insurgents and the country's armed forces, the FARDC.

A religious source who asked for anonymity in Luena told Xinhua that one FARDC soldier and several insurgents were killed during the flare that caused panic in and around Luena.

"For the time being, calm has returned to Luena, but the region is still unsafe," the source affirmed.

The source said the FARDC officer was killed when he tried to negotiate with the insurgents.

The FARDC launched retaliation by bombing the insurgents' hideouts with heavy weapons.

"Currently, no one can exactly say how many people have been killed by these bombardments. About 12 insurgents who survived have been captured by the FARDC," the added.

On Monday night, a FARDC officer from the 6th military region announced the death of one of the leaders of the insurgents who went by the name Yesu Mulongo.

"He was killed during the confrontations in company of tens of other insurgents," he declared.

On Nov. 26, the 6th military region launched an offensive against assailants who were said to be Mai Mai militia and members of a religious sect. The latter had attacked a village situated 10 km from Luena on Nov. 23.

A senior officer at the 6th military region confirmed that the confrontations that happened on Nov. 26 left five people dead among them four insurgents and one FARDC soldier.

"We shall continue with the operation to eliminate these insurgents who have been causing terror in this part of the country by raping women, looting property and killing people," the FARDC officer said.

Observers have indicated that the bloody events over the week- end showed that peace and security still remain the biggest challenge in the east of DR Congo.

Source: Xinhua


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