10 July 2020

309 militias, 63 soldiers killed in DR Congo offensive

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At least 372 people, including 63 DR Congo government soldiers, were killed in an offensive against militias in the gold-rich Ituri region, the army said Tuesday. reports citing foreign media.

A total of 309 members of the Cooperative For the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia group were killed during the Storm of Ituri 2 operation that was launched at the beginning of March in Djugu and Mahagi and in part of Irumu, army spokesman Lieut. Jules Ngongo, told reporters.

The army lost 63 soldiers in the offensive, he said, but vowed operations would continue until militias were completely “neutralized.”

Ngongo said the army recaptured two militia strongholds in Djaro and Londjango as well as several towns, including Rithy, Nyangaray, and Bese in Djugu territory.

2020.05.19 / 23:56
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