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15 killed as army clashes with rebels in eastern DR Congo

AFP  |  Bukavu (DR Congo) 

Fifteen people have been killed in eastern DR in clashes between troops and rebels loyal to a former general, the said Monday.

It said the fighting was continuing Monday in Fizi, a region of South Kivu, a mineral-rich province which is prone to ethnic tensions.

The unrest is another front in the push by rebels to oust as the poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of limps towards a much-delayed slated for December 23.

"The rebels have already lost 12 fighters, including the Alida," the of the rebels, an spokesman in the region, Dieudonne Kaserek, told AFP.

"Three soldiers drowned in a river with their weapons," he added.

The clashes pit the against rebels loyal to a former army general, William Amuri Yakutumba, opposed to Kabila.

The militia is allied to rebels of the based in neighbouring Burundi, according to several regional sources.

In September of last year the Yakutumba rebels attacked the town of on opposite the Burundian capital UN forces pushed them back with Congolese support.

In February the military said they had wiped out the Yakutumba with help from Burundi, where some of them had taken refuge.

The Fizi region was the cradle of the rebellion by Laurent-Desire Kabila, father of the current president, who ousted Mobutu in May 1997.

The former Belgian colony has not seen a peaceful transition of power since 1960.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 17:40 IST