• Democratic Forces for Liberation of Rwanda led attack: army
  • Military sent batallion to protect village after attack

At least 14 people were killed by fighters from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda in a village in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The military has sent a battalion of soldiers to Miriki in North Kivu, about 110 kilometers (68 miles) north of the provincial capital Goma, said Lieutenant Mak Hazukay by telephone from Beni. The attack was early on Thursday. The FDLR rebels, who are Hutus, have targeted members of the Nande ethnic group and the attack follows a period of increasing tensions between the two communities in the surrounding territory, he said.

“Violence by the Hutu-aligned FDLR and Nande-aligned Mai Mai groups has increased, with the rebels targeting communities from the opposing ethnic group,” Hazukay said.

A Congolese military operation against the FDLR in North and South Kivu, known as Sukola II, has been on-going since January 2015. In a Dec. 24 report to the Security Council, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the FDLR had retaken positions in Lubero, Masisi, Nyrangongo and Rutshuru territories in North Kivu. The Congolese army has rejected UN support for Sukola II operations.

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