GUNFIRE: 40 M23 Rebels Arrested in Kisoro

Over 42 M23 rebels have been arrested at Busanza town in Kisoro district on the Uganda – DRC border.

The arrest followed heavy gun fire between the rebels and Congolese army in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Johnson Nkurunziza, abortion the Busigi village chairman in Busanza Sub County while speaking to our reporter on Friday morning, seek said gun fire entered the village at around 11:12pm and locals started running away from their homes.

It is said the Congolese army was chasing the rebels who had entered DRC but retreated into Uganda.

During the fire exchange, another two hundred Congolese nationals from villages near the border are said to have fled to Nyakabande Refuge Transit Camp.

Chairman Nkurunziza says he talked to the Congolese soldiers who told him blatantly that they were unhappy with Uganda providing haven for the M23 fighters.

Later on, the Uganda People Defense Forces intervened swiftly and arrested a total of 42 M23 fighters who were running away from the Congolese army.

These are being detained at Kisoro police station as preparations to transfer them are in progress.


Hajji Shafique Sekandi, the Kisoro RDC   confirmed the incident and requested the residents to remain calm saying the situation is under control.

The locals were also advised to call police when they see any suspected M23 fighter in their villages.

Chimpreports understands that the RDC earlier today was engaged in a meeting with army officers from the DRC at the Busanza border post.

Last week at least 100 people died during clashes between the Congolese army and militias in Kamwina Nsapu in central DRC.

According to UPDF, at least 30 refugees enter Uganda daily from DRC fleeing clashes between armed militias and Congolese army.

The UN says at least 39 women were among the victims killed during the fighting between February 9 and 13.

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