US News East DRC: two police officers killed, more than 800 escapes in the attack on a prison

14:40  10 august  2022
14:40  10 august  2022 Source:   parismatch.com

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Two police officers were killed and more than 800 detainees escaped on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday during the attack on a prison by militiamen, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, We learn from military source and experts.

"An unidentified Mai-Mai group attacked Kakwangura central prison in the city of Butembo. The still provisional assessment reports two police officers killed," said Captain Antony Mualushayi, Word of the army in Beni. An assailant was also killed and recovered ammunition, he added.

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Mayi-Mayi are members of groups of Congolese autodefense.

According to a penitentiary source which required anonymity, out of the 872 people detained in this prison, only 49 stayed there.

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This "attack caused the death of at least two police officers and the flight of all detainees", wrote on Twitter The Kivu security barometer (KST), an organization that has observers in the area, adding that "ADFs are suspected".

presented by the Islamic State Jihadist Organization (IS) as its branch in Central Africa (ISCAP in English), the Democratic Allied groups (ADF) is accused of being responsible for massacres of thousands of civilians in the East Congolese and to have committed attacks in Uganda.

The ADFs are presented as one of the deadliest groups in the eastern DRC region, torn apart by violence for almost 30 years.

In the DRC, deadly attacks targeting prisons and causing prisoners' escapes are often reported.


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© Moses Sawasawa, AD The conflicts between soldiers and armed groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo have made thousands of displaced. Here, some of them flee near Kibumba, north of Goma, during exchanges of fire between the army and the rebels of the M23, May 24, 2022.

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