Over 30 killed in fighting between Congolese army and rebels

Beni - More than 30 people were killed in eastern Congo in fighting between the army and a rebel group of Ugandan origin, the army said on Thursday.

Twenty members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and 11 government soldiers have been killed since Monday in villages north of the town of Beni, the military said.

The army regained control of the area Wednesday and the rebels fled, spokesman Mak Hazukay Mongba said.

The army launched an offensive in January 2014 against the Islamist ADF, which was founded in 1995 in Uganda and later moved to Congo. The group massacred hundreds of people in the Beni area last year.

Dozens of armed groups have remained active in eastern Congo since the 1996-2003 Congo wars, sparked by more than one million Rwandans flooding into the region after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Many of the armed groups terrorise local people to have free rein in trafficking in the region's rich natural resources, according to human rights activists.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Should the red carpet portion of SONA be scrapped this year?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, it's inappropriate given the state of the country
93% - 3350 votes
No, it's part of the tradition
7% - 247 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.75
-1.1%
Rand - Pound
21.45
-1.3%
Rand - Euro
19.06
-1.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.32
-0.8%
Rand - Yen
0.14
-1.0%
Platinum
976.79
-1.0%
Palladium
1,651.27
-0.1%
Gold
1,876.52
+0.2%
Silver
22.42
+1.1%
Brent Crude
83.69
+3.2%
Top 40
73,968
+0.7%
All Share
79,976
+0.6%
Resource 10
74,722
+0.2%
Industrial 25
103,851
+1.2%
Financial 15
16,339
+0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE