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Tension Mounts as DRC Forces Pursue Raia Mutomboki Rebels :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Tension Mounts as DRC Forces Pursue Raia Mutomboki Rebels

Their latest clashes started after Raia Mutomboki forces opened fire on a patrol vehicle belonging to the government forces killing two and injuring three others. The incident prompted the government forces to pursue the forces with intense fighting on the stretch between Numbi to Ziralo areas in the territory of Kalehe in South Kivu province.
Fresh tensions have erupted in the Kalehe territory in the South Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC, as government forces pursue Raia Mutomboki forces.

Raia Mutomboki loosely translated as angered citizens started operating in 2011 as a localized self-defense militia responding to a series of attacks perpetrated by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda-FDLR rebels.

The group took advantage of persistent flaws in the various peace deals in the eastern DRC to evolve from a provincial militia into a violent force deployed across large parts of North and South Kivu. They later demanded for recognition as a legitimate security force to protect the population.

Their latest clashes started after Raia Mutomboki forces opened fire on a patrol vehicle belonging to the government forces killing two and injuring three others. The incident prompted the government forces to pursue the forces with intense fighting on the stretch between   Numbi to Ziralo areas in the territory of Kalehe in South Kivu province.

Serious clashes were also reported in the territory of Masisi in North Kivu against the same rebels.

The attack which took place on May 26 has result into clashes forcing hundreds of locals to flee their homes. Locals have reportedly been told to gather at churches and schools as the rival forces clash.

South Kivu head of operations General Hoping Masudi says that the DRC army has already liberated four villages formerly held by the militia. He says that the rebels were dislodged from the area of Chifunzi, Chaminunu, Butale, and Mule. 

General Masudi says that that the DRC government forces have so far lost 4 soldiers in less than a week but did not reveal whether they had managed to kill any members of the militia or if there were any civilian causality.

He however adds that intelligence reports indicate that the Raia Mutomboki is being backed by the Nyatura and the Mai-mai rebels against the government forces.

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