Tuesday , September 25 2018 4:43 am
Home / International / Heavy fighting in northeastern Congo, several wounded: residents

Heavy fighting in northeastern Congo, several wounded: residents

Exchanges of heavy weapons fire erupted in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday between the army and militia fighters, and several students sitting exams were wounded in an explosion at a school, residents said.

The fighting in and around the city of Beni between Congo’s army and what is believed to be a new coalition of armed groups, the National Movement of Revolutionaries (MNR), erupted early in the morning and kept residents trapped in their homes, local activist Teddy Kataliko said.

Gilbert Kambale, another local activist, said that the bodies of three militia fighters were lying on the street, not far from the mayor’s office. An army spokesman in the zone said: “The situation is not good,” but declined to comment further.

The fighting followed a breakout by more than 900 inmates, many suspected militiamen, from Beni’s main prison this month – one of a series of mass jailbreaks that has underlined the security situation further since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down at the end of his constitutional mandate in December.

Kataliko and Kambale also said unidentified assailants set off an explosive device at a local secondary school, wounding several students sitting for exams. A hospital source said at least three student were injured in the blast.

Eastern Congo contains dozens of armed groups that prey on locals and exploit mineral reserves. Millions died there between 1996 and 2003 in a regional conflict from violence, hunger and disease.

 

 

Source: Rauters

 

Check Also

London mayor says the UK is not afraid to call out Trump: ‘We think you’re wrong’

Trump is doing an ‘interesting’ job: London mayor  13 Hours Ago | 03:08 President Donald Trump should understand …

Trump denies he criticized British prime minister after criticizing her

President Donald Trump wrapped up the official portion of his United Kingdom visit Friday, during which …

Twitter cracks down on ‘fake’ followers

Some of the world’s biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company …

Leave Your Comment

%d bloggers like this: