A combatant of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) was killed Wednesday evening during a counteroffensive by the Congolese national army in Kakalali, located two kilometres from Mutwanga in the Ruwenzori sector of Beni territory, North Kivu of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The counteroffensive by soldiers of the DR Congo national army that followed an attack by fighters of the Allied Democratic Forces began around 11 p.m. last night. The ADF assailants were pushed before they could reach the centre of Mutwanga. The fighting lasted for several hours, attested an eyewitness.
The ADF rebel body was found near a hole a few centimetres deep suggesting that the ADF rebels had been digging a grave to bury their colleagues but were forced to abandon it on the approach of government forces.
Not far from where the ADF rebel’s corpse was found, a civilian’s body was also discovered in a nearby house. The dead civilian is suspected of having been a hostage kidnapped earlier by ADF rebels.
According to Paluku Batoleni, president of the civil society organisation of the Ruwenzori sector, two hostages who were held in the same house were released.
“They are two children among three who were kidnapped during a recent attack carried out by the ADF near Mwenda,” revealed Batoleni.
Meanwhile, youths in the area were seen Thursday body jubilating while parading the body of the dead rebel fighter on the streets of Mutwanga.
“There are scenes of jubilation in the streets of Mutwanga this morning of Thursday, February 11, 2021, as the local youths have been parading with the body of the ADF rebel killed by soldiers of the national army,” a civil society activist who opted for anonymity for security reasons told HumAngle by phone Thursday morning.