Seven Democratic Republic of Congo troopers have been killed in three days of preventing towards armed teams within the east of the nation that additionally left 18 militiamen useless, the military mentioned on Saturday.
The troops had been looking for military deserters on the plateaus of Uvira and Fiz, in South Kivu province, spokesman Captain Dieudonne Kasereka mentioned.
The operation was launched Thursday after an assault by fighters of the Makanika Twigwaneho Ngumino/FNL coalition of armed teams who tried to grab a army place, he added.
The Hauts Plateaux area is the scene of a battle between armed teams fashioned on a communal foundation, notably Tutsi Congolese with distant Rwandan origins, the Banyamulenge, and different communities.
The coalition “Twigwaneho” (self-defence) and “Ngumino” (We Keep Right here in Kinyamulenge) consists of members of the Banyamulenge group.
These armed teams had been joined by Colonel Michel Rukundo Makanika who abandoned the military in early 2020 with a bunch of troopers.
The FNL (Nationwide Forces of Liberation) is taken into account the principle Burundi insurgent group current in jap DR Congo.