Kidnapped Tanzanians in DRC escape

2015-09-01 22:00
The village of Lukweti, north Kivu, where the Mai Mai, the collective term for several disparate paramilitary groups, have their headquarters. (Michele Sibiloni, AFP)

The village of Lukweti, north Kivu, where the Mai Mai, the collective term for several disparate paramilitary groups, have their headquarters. (Michele Sibiloni, AFP)

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

Goma - Eight Eight Muslim preachers from Tanzania who were kidnapped last month in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have escaped, a top local official said on Tuesday.

The preachers, seized in the in restive province of North Kivu in early August, "took the chance to flee during fighting" between the Congolese army and the ethnic Hutu militia Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), provincial governor Julien Paluku told AFP.

The kidnappers were clearly FDLR members, he added, because "as soon as the fighting broke out, they fled".

The governor did not though say exactly when they managed to escape or where they were currently staying.

It was Paluku who first announced the kidnappings on August 5.

No one at the Tanzanian embassy in Kinshasa was able to confirm the report.

Kidnappings for ransom, often with physical violence against the hostages, are frequent in the region.

Several armed groups, including FDLR, operate in the east of DR Congo.

The FDLR has been active in Democratic Republic of Congo - which borders both Rwanda and Burundi - since crossing over from Rwanda after the 1994 genocide of mainly Tutsi people there.

Opposed to Rwandan President Paul Kagame's Tutsi-dominated government, they are accused of carrying out brutal attacks on civilians in eastern DR Congo and of smuggling gold.

Read more on:    fdlr  |  tanzania  |  drc  |  central africa

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.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
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.