KINSHASA, About 180 fighters of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have been captured in an operation launched by the DR Congo Armed Forces (FARDC) in North Kivu province, a spokesman for the Congolese army General Leon Kasongo said on Monday.
“All objectives we set out to achieve have been accomplished. We managed to arrest 180 FDLR members although about 66 of them were their dependants and a number of them have been repatriated to Rwanda,” he said.
The spokesman said they have recovered at least 60 weapons that were left behind by the enemy. There were also two generators, a huge cache of munitions and machetes that demonstrated the terrorist nature of the group’s actions against the population.
“To date, we have been carrying out the operations exclusively as FARDC, and in the operations we are using our own manpower and weapons provided by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo),” he added.