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DR Congo army says several dozen Burundi rebels killed in east

AFP  |  Kinshasa 

said Thursday that it had killed 36 Burundian rebels in a three-day operation in the eastern province of South Kivu, abutting

Three soldiers were killed and four were injured in the operation which targeted "positions of Burundian rebels of the (FNL) and Republican Forces of (FOREBU)," said provincial

Two senior rebel officers were killed and the FNL's chief, Aloys Nzabampema, was seriously hurt, he said.

Troops overran rebel positions at Magunda, Ruminako and Mangwa in the Uvira region and seized "several weapons of various calibres, ammunition and much communication material," said Kasereka.

FOREBU mainly comprises troops and police who deserted the Burundian security forces in the aftermath of an attempted coup against Pierre

Nkurunziza in 2015. It has been renamed the Popular Forces of (FPB).

The FNL is a predominantly Hutu rebel movement that has holed up in the Ruzizi plain, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, since 2009.

The DR accuses the FNL and FOREBU of colluding with local militia blamed for bloody attacks and rights abuses in the areas of Uvira, Fizi and Mwenga.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 22:40 IST