North Kivu: Security forces control popular clashes in Butembo

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Butembo, August 12th, 2022 (CPA).- The spokesperson for Sokola1 Grand Nord operations, Captain Antony Mualushay announced the control of the security situation due Friday to popular clashes against the security services who wanted to spread over the entire extent of the city of Butembo, in the province of North Kivu.

According to Captain Antony Mualushay, groups of demonstrators improvised at the toll road barrier on the Butembo-Beni road axis, near the Kangothe district, an entity located north of the city of Butembo. The same source continues that the demonstrators first attacked the property of the populations before barricading the road. They then set fire to the commercial facilities, before attacking the security services who were trying to restore order.

Five (5) police officers killed

Operations spokesman SOkola1 noted that the provisional toll lists five police officers killed by protesters, three police jeeps set on fire as well as eight AK 47 weapons seized by angry protesters. “Sporadic shots launched by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) who came to intervene tore the sky in this part of the city where the situation was quickly brought under control,” said the same source. Captain Antony Mualushay called on the population to calm down while reassuring that investigations have been opened to dismantle the network of troublemakers in order to bring them before the competent courts for judgment.

Activities slowed down early in the morning in the city center before resuming their normal course in the early afternoon, we learned from sources from urban civil society in Butembo.

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