Drunk soldiers blamed for DRC shoot-out

2012-10-29 22:30
M23 rebel fighters. (Jerome Delay, AP)

M23 rebel fighters. (Jerome Delay, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Goma - Heavy arms fire that claimed four lives overnight in the eastern Democratic republic of Congo was an accident partly caused by "drunken soldiers", the army said on Monday.

The shooting broke out around Sake, about 27km from Goma, the capital of Nord-Kivu province, and was caused by confusion among military units, an army officer said, asking not to be named.

"It was undisciplined drunken soldiers coming back from the bar. Their colleagues thought they were unknown people and opened fire," the officer told AFP.

"Those who were drunk shot back, to such a point that the FARDC [Congolese army] believed they were under attack from M23 [rebels)] The death toll is three civilians and one soldier killed," the officer added, refusing to give further details.

The March 23 movement [M23] was founded in May by army deserters who were once part of a rebel force in the eastern Kivu provinces. Its positions lie about 20km from Goma.

In a statement published on Monday, the Civil Society of Nord-Kivu (SCNK) group said that four people had been killed, but stated that all were civilians, while 11 had been "seriously hurt".

The SNCK added that shells "completely destroyed five houses and private vehicles. Some say that unpaid soldiers rose up to express their discontent, while others state that there has been infiltration by M23 in the army."

Early in August, the United Nations urged M23 to stop advancing on Goma and since then, a relative calm has prevailed in the region.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

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
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
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.