The Congolese (Kinshasa) military confirmed on November 27 that the Congolese (Kinshasa) and Burundian armed forces recently launched a military operation in South Kivu Province in eastern Congo (Kinshasa), killing 40 Burundian armed personnel.
Agence France-Presse quoted a statement from the Congolese (Kinshasa) military as reporting that the armed forces of the two countries carried out “high-intensity offensive operations” against the Burundian “National Liberation Forces”, causing them to “suffer heavy losses in personnel and equipment”, and 40 people were killed.
In a statement, the Congo (DRC) military called on local people to cooperate with the military and urged young people to “sever ties with armed groups.”
According to Agence France-Presse, the “National Liberation Forces” used to be an anti-government armed force in Burundi, and now it is the main political opposition faction in the country.
The eastern part of Congo (Kinshasa) borders South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and other countries. In the past 30 years, the situation in this region has been turbulent, and the domestic and foreign anti-government forces entrenched here are very active and carry out frequent attacks.
In June this year, the East African Community decided to send regional troops to eastern Congo (Kinshasa): Kenyan and Ugandan troops were deployed in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces, the South Sudanese Armed Forces were deployed in Haut-Uele Province, and the Burundian Armed Forces were deployed in South Kivu Province.
The Congo (Kinshasa) government has identified the Rwandan government as supporting the Congo (Kinshasa) anti-government armed “M23 Movement”, and has refused to allow the Rwandan armed forces to join the East African Community’s regional troops stationed in the Congo