DRC army says killed 16 fighters in new offensive

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A soldier of the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) takes cover during exchanges of fire with members of the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) in Opira, North Kivu, on January 25, 2018.
A soldier of the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) takes cover during exchanges of fire with members of the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) in Opira, North Kivu, on January 25, 2018.
Alain Wandimoyi

The army in Democratic Republic of Congo said Monday it had killed 16 militamen for the loss of three soldiers in a three-day push against an armed group in the country's northeast.

Since Friday, "the army neutralised 16 elements from the Patriotic and Integrationist Congo Forces (FPIC) and captured seven more," said Jules Ngongo, an army spokesman in Ituri province.

"Two of their fortified villages are now under the control of loyalist soldiers," he added, while "three brave soldiers, including an officer" had been killed.

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