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End of the road for 5 RUD-Urunana militias in Congo’s North Kivu Province


By Moses Gisa

Illegal armed groups in eastern DRC have been having a very bad time since FARDC launched operations to root them out

The military of the Democratic Republic of Congo,FARDC has killed five RUD-Urunana militias and injured one, identified as Serija Kofi, who is now receiving medical treatment in Kisoro, Western Uganda. The terrorists were killed last Friday in Binza, Rutshuru territory in the Northern Kivu.

According to Binza-based civil society group, FARDC launched operations to secure Binza after recurring complaints from citizens about RUD-Urunana combatants. Military operations were intensified in Makoka,Bunyereza and Gasave. Reported to be backed by Uganda, RUD-Urunana hasbeen accused of disrupting the peace of Congolese nationals, killing, raping and looting.

“The militias fell in ambush in Bunyereza; they begun exchanging fire with FARDC soldiers which lasted for four days. The government forces followed the terrorists to Makoka, Katwiguru, Gasave, and Nyabanira where they had fled,” an eyewitness said.

The terror outfit has been suffering heavy defeats in the jungles. The latest blow was preceded by the death of its leader Col Leo Cyprien Mpiranya who was killed in the FARDC operations in Makoka within the Rutshuru territory on August 31, 2020. Mpiranya had replaced General Musabyimana Juvenal alias Jean-Michel Africa who was also killed by the Congolese army in November 2019.

“The end is in sight for these anti-Rwanda terrorists groups, despite all support from some neighboring states.“They have lost their leaders and fighters, and it’s high time they surrendered” Kigali-based security observer said.

RUD-Urunana is a breakaway faction of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) an offshoot of the Ex-FAR and Interahamwe – the main perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide Against Tutsi.

In efforts to clear Congolese territory of all illegal armed groups that are the main source of regional insecurity, the current leadership in Kinshasa launched military operations known as “Sokola II” to dismantle and disarm all the rebel groups, many of them anti-Rwanda terrorist groups.

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