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AMISOM Forces Attacked by Armed Militants, Rioters

Just a day after an attack by rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked and killed 21 people in Eringeti, link http://collegenotester.com/themes/game/views/post/discussion.php North Kivu in DRC, http://celebrationhopecenter.org/wp-includes/post-template.php a group of armed militants raided a prison on Saturday night before freeing 313 inmates.

It is hugely thought the attack on Kakwangura Prison in Butembo was led by ADF though officials blamed the Mai Mai militia.

The fighters blasted through the main gate before overpowering the prison police guards in a deadly combat action that lasted only ten minutes.

Military officials told Chimpreports that while 313 prisoners had escaped, http://chompdigital.com/wp-admin/includes/update-core.php security forces were able to arrest 120 escapees.

“The assailants were singing songs praising ‘Mai Mai.’ We are not sure whether it were them or ADF disguising as Mai Mai,” said Julien Paluku, the Governor North Kivu Province.

At least 75 suspected ADF combatants captured in recent battles with Congolese forces in North Kivu were detained at the prison.

This has raised concerns that perhaps ADF intended to rescue its militants from jail which was constructed for only 120 inmates but was accommodating a staggering 433 offenders.

Since the week began, at least 50 people, mainly children and women, have been killed by the machete-wielding ADF fighters.

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The United Nations and DRC forces have in recent months been piling enormous military pressure on the Ugandan Islamist movement whose combatants are now in disarray.

Paluku urged residents Of North Kivu to cooperate with security forces to identify the escapees to “fight this carnage perpetrated by rebels.”

In June, 250 prisoners escaped from their detention centre in Bukavu town.
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, site Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou has described as “saddening” reports that armed men and rioters blocked and attacked AMISOM peacekeepers on Sunday morning while they were on a reconciliation mission in central Hiiran region.

The AMISOM forces were bound for the village of Deefow – the epicentre of recent localised conflicts.

Deefow is 40 kilometers north of the city of Beletweyne, http://chipinhead.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/videopress/videopress.php the regional capital of Hiiran.

The peacekeepers were blocked by armed men and protesters at El-Gal, 10 kilometers north of Beletweyne.

Officials said the men opened fire on the AMISOM troops who had no choice but to defend themselves.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of this clash in the Hiiran region. I wish to request for calm and restraint and hereby plead with the people of Hiiraan to choose peace and avoid any further conflict in Deefow and elsewhere,” said Sidikou.

“I wish to clarify to the people of Hiiraan – and indeed the whole of Somalia – that AMISOM is non-partisan and does not support any particular group or clan. We are in Somalia to serve all Somali people and support their government to achieve lasting peace.”

The AU Representative also said that AMISOM regrets any loss of life or injuries that occurred in the attack and urged the people of Hiiran to work with AMISOM and the Somalia government to amicably resolve their internal differences and avoid any other acts that would further aggravate the situation.

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