DR Congo’s military claimed Friday to have “annihilated” a rebel institution in the u . s . a .’s chronically bothered east, killing at the least 48 insurgents, capturing one hundred fifty others and winning returned key territory.
The offensive against forces dependable to William Amuri Yakutumba, a deserter preventing President Joseph Kabila, noticed hundreds of Congolese crossing Lake Tanganyika into Burundi as clashes raged among authorities forces and Yakutumba rebels in the japanese province of South Kivu.
“The operation changed into a success, the rebels had been annihilated. there’s no extra combating and we’re inside the midst of cleansing up operations,” said navy spokesman important Louis-Claude Tshiwanga.
He stated since the launch of the operation on January 21, “48 Yakutumba had been killed and 150 captured”.
The navy paraded the captured rebels in addition to cannons and machineguns seized during a press conference on Thursday within the town of Uvira.
The Yakutumba attacked Uvira at the stop of September in a naval operation earlier than being driven lower back from the vicinity through MONUSCO, the UN assignment inside the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The navy spokesman said humans had been slowly returning to the city.
protection sources said the riot chief had now not been captured however might have been wounded in preventing closing week.
however the UN radio Okapi, mentioning trendy Philomen Yav who become in price of the offensive, stated eighty three rebels and 6 authorities squaddies had died in the combating.
“almost all the territory beneath the control of the Yakutumba has been recovered,” the radio stated.
The DR Congo authorities has announced it is waging “conflict” against two militias in the east — the Yakutumba and the Ugandan Islamist rebels of the Allied Democratic force (ADF).
The Congolese Yakutumba are in South Kivu whilst the ADF are active in North Kivu.
both areas border Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.
Rival militia corporations have lengthy held sway over huge regions within the two provinces, frequently competing for his or her wealthy mineral sources.