Burundi rebel leader killed in DRC

2012-05-04 14:13
Bujumbura - Burundian rebel chief operating on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo has been killed in that country and his body handed over to Burundi's army, a military commander said on Friday.

Claver Nduwayezu, better known as Carmel or Mukono, is a former commander from the National Liberation Forces rebel movement led by Agathon Rwasa.

Nduwayezu was incorporated into Burundi's regular army after a ceasefire in 2008, but went back into the bush after the 2010 elections that were boycotted by the opposition.

"The notorious Carmel alias Mukono had been in hiding in the DRC for some time," Domitien Kabisa, the military commander in charge of a region bordering on the vast central African country, told journalists.

"He was ambushing vehicles on the road between Uvira and Bukavu on Tuesday night. The Congolese army intervened and they killed Mukono in the ensuing clashes," he went on, adding that the body of the rebel chief had been handed over to the Burundian army early Wednesday.

"It's a great victory because we've just neutralised one of the people bearing the greatest responsibility for the unrest we've seen since 2010," a government official told AFP, asking not to be named.

Nduwayezu has been accused of being the brains behind the massacre of some 40 people in a bar in the border village of Gatumba in September 2011. Later that year the public prosecutor's office issued an international warrant for Nduwayezu's arrest.

A surge in violent incidents since the 2010 elections has led some observers to fear that Burundi, which is still struggling to emerge from 13 years of civil war, could be heading back into all-out conflict.

Read more on:    drc  |  burundi  |  east africa  |  central africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Low voter turnout in Togo

2015-04-26 20:33

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!

 
 

Luxury living

Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it
Watch: Flying first class has never been this luxurious!
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Innovation, idealism, romanticism and other far reaching dreams can lead you into a spiral of enthusiasm and excitement. Somewhere...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.