AFRICA/CONGO RD - Attack failed in Beni: 13 assailants killed

Friday, 23 June 2017 armed groups  

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - 13 rebels killed, 13 captured and 6 injured, is the official toll of yesterday’s attack, 22 June, against the city of Beni in northern Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (see Fides 22/06/2017).
According to a note sent by the local NGO CEPADHO, there are apparently two deaths among the files of the Congolese armed forces (FARDC), two wounded policemen while some teachers and pupils were wounded when a grenade hit the classroom of a school.
The Congolese authorities say that the attackers belong to a local Mai-Mai militia, but the Congolese press and local NGO CEPADHO claim that they belong to a coalition of rebel groups called Mouvement National des Révolutionnaires (MNR). A fact, confirmed by an army spokesman, is that among the assailants there are some of the 930 inmates who escaped on June 11 from the central prison of Beni.
According to CEPADHO, the assailants came from Supa-Kalu, 15 km from Beni, and attacked several neighborhoods in the city. The situation in Beni is calm, but according to independent observers, MNR is a new threat to the stability of North Kivu, threatened by the presence of numerous armed groups. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 23/6/2017)