5 killed in Congo rebel attack

Five people, including four members of the security forces, have been killed in attacks by separatists in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Al Jazeera reports that the casualties occurred when rebels attacked the country’s main mining center, Lubumbasi.

The city’s mayor, Ghislain Robert Lubaba Buluma, told the AFP news agency that six rebels had been killed in a counter-attack by security forces. Jeff Mbia Kadima, a member of the Congolese Civil Society Platform, said: “On Sunday, rebels attacked camps in Kimbembe and Kibati. The attackers identified themselves as members of the separatist organization Bakata-Katanga militia. City residents reported hearing gunshots in several towns.

Al Jazeera reporter Alain Yuakani said in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, that it would take days for government forces to remove the rebels from the area. “The army says they have managed to drive the militia away from the city,” he said. The militias have merged into the people; It will take a few more days to remove them from the city and adjoining areas.

Lubumbasi is the second largest city in the Congo and the capital of the southeastern Katanga region.

Former Congolese President Joseph Kabila was a resident of the area. He returned to the area last December after a fierce power struggle between his followers and successors.

The Bataka-Katanga group frequently attacks government forces in a bid to secede from the People’s Republic of Congo. Two policemen and an army member were killed in the group’s attack on September 26 last year.

Dhaka Times / 14 February / KI


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