Clashes took place early this morning of 5 September between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in Rugari in the Rutshuru territory of North Kivu in eastern DRC.
According to civilian sources, the shootings lasted several hours and reportedly left at least five dead (three military and two civilians) and three wounded people interned at Rutshuru hospital.
These clashes were confirmed by the FARDC.
Major Guillaume Ndjike, spokesman of the Congolese army in North Kivu, spoke about an attempt to divert Rwandan Hutu rebels who, for a week, have been hunted down by the loyalist army of Operation Sukola 2 .
“We are attacking the armed groups in depth, thus cutting off their supply points. The attempt to occupy one of our positions at Rugari was directly postponed and the enemy is routed. However, we deplore two of our elements who were injured and are supported by military specialists, “said Major Guillaume Ndjike.