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Army clashes with rebels kill 18 in eastern DR Congo

AFP  |  Bukavu 

Clashes between the and rebels loyal to a renegade former general in eastern DR have killed at least 18 people, military sources said Monday.

Fighting killed 14 rebels and four soldiers in Fizi, a region of South Kivu, a mineral-rich province which is prone to ethnic tensions, the sources said.

The unrest is another front by rebels opposed to as the poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of prepares for a much-delayed on December 23.

The military sources said one soldier and two rebels were killed early Monday in fighting.

Earlier, regional spokesman Dieudonne Kaserek, told AFP 12 rebel fighters had been killed including a known as Alida. He said three of the soldiers drowned in a river during combat.

The clashes pit the against rebels loyal to a former army general, William Amuri Yakutumba, who is 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. 19:35 IST