Gunfire was heard early yesterday(03rd.November.2021) in the eastern DR Congo town of Bukavu where armed men carried out a raid seeking to free their members who had been arrested by police, according to a military commander.
Bukavu is the main town in South Kivu province, which along with Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu province has grappled with armed groups for decades.
Gunfire from light and heavy weapons broke out at 1.40am and continued until the early morning, prompting residents to shelter at home.
Calm returned by mid-morning, and provincial Governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi said the situation was ‘completely under control.’
Regional military commander Bob Kilubi Ngoy said a previously unknown group called the CPC64 had attacked a military base in a bid to steal ammunition but were pushed back, and tried to head to the town centre but were also repelled.
He said the gunmen were desperate to free fellow members who had been arrested’ several days ago and were being held at the main police station. END