7 killed in clashes between FDLR rebels and militia in DR Congo

Seven fighters were killed during clashes over the weekend between the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels and the Union of Patriots for the Defense of Innocents (UPDI) militia in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

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The revelations were made on Sunday in a statement released by a local civil society group, Center for Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO).

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According to the organization that is based in North Kivu province, eastern DR Congo, the violent clashes between Rwandan rebels and the UPDI militia took place in Kimaka village within the same province.

“After two hours of violent clashes, the militia group succeeded in dislodging the FDLR rebels from their position and took control of Kimaka village,” the statement said.

CEPADHO said five FDLR rebels and two militia fighters were killed, while several fighters on both sides were injured.

According to several security sources in North Kivu province, several villages in the province are either occupied by militia groups or FDLR rebels.

DR Congo soldiers are not present in most villages and their absence has created a vacuum that is being exploited by the armed groups. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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