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World DRC: concern after the ADF attack in the city of Butembo so far spared

10:40  12 august  2022
10:40  12 august  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Une vue de la ville de Butembo située dans le Nord-Kivu (est de la RDC), le 9 mars 2019. © John Wessels/AFP A view of the city of Butembo located in North Kivu (east of the DRC), March 9 2019.

Three people, including two police officers, were killed and more than 800 detainees escaped on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday during the attack on Kakwangura central prison in the city of Butembo, North Kivu. According to the army, this attack is the work of the ADFs in complicity with local mayi-Mai-Mai. The operation allowed the release of an ADF fighter as well as twelve women identified as having links with these combatants.

With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Patient Ligodi

Some wore machine guns on the shoulder, others transported their visibly injured comrades and some pulled stolen goats in the city. The short video showing these alleged members of the ADF withdraw from Butembo after the attack on Kakwangura prison went around the web in the DRC. According to the army, the foray was led by about 80 heavily armed men and aimed at recruitment among prison prisoners. That Butembo is considered a target does not really surprise some security experts in the region.

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It turns out that the soldiers assigned to the joint operations carried out by the Congolese and Ugandan armies are not deployed in the Butembo area. However, according to local sources in military intelligence services, the city is considered to be a compulsory passage from many ADF recruits from the region or neighboring countries. They go through Butembo to arrive in Mwalika. This area behind the Rwenzori mountain range is considered a transit center before deployment in space called "death triangle".

Collaboration between armed groups

The other great concern is the probability of collaboration between the ADFs and the local Mai-Mai militiamen, fears the army. According to military sources, this event will also be on the menu for the meeting for the assessment of joint operations carried out by the armies of the DRC and Uganda which will be held, unforeseen, in Kampala this weekend.

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