Kenyan soldier killed in DRC: Regional force source

GOMA: A Kenyan soldier from East Africa’s regional pressure within the DR Congo has been killed in clashes between M23 rebels and pro-government armed teams, a supply within the pressure advised AFP on Wednesday.
The M23, which has captured swathes of territory in North Kivu province since 2021, is among the many militias holding sway over a lot of the area regardless of the presence of peacekeepers.
The East African Community pressure has been deployed because the finish of final 12 months however, just like the United Nations pressure within the DRC, has confronted heavy criticism from Kinshasa for failing to cease the violence.
The battle has lately intensified round Goma, North Kivu’s capital, with clashes between M23 rebels, the Congolese military and teams of pro-government “wazalendo” fighters.
“M23 was preventing with wazalendo utilizing mortar bombs,” the supply within the East African Neighborhood Regional Drive (EACRF) advised AFP.
A “stray bomb” landed close to Kenyan troopers tasked with defending civilians, the supply mentioned.
“Shrapnel from the bomb injured one soldier who sadly succumbed later whereas present process specialised medical care in Goma.”
The supply denied experiences the Kenyan troopers have been ambushed, saying “no armed group has instantly focused KDF (Kenya Defence Forces) since deployment.”
Late on Tuesday the Congolese military introduced the loss of life of an EACRF soldier, with out specifying their nationality however blaming the M23.
Preventing got here inside 20 kilometres (12 miles) of Goma on Tuesday, and the military deployed a fighter aircraft in opposition to the rebels.
After a quiet morning, preventing resumed on Wednesday in the identical space, on the sting of Virunga Nationwide Park, a habitat for uncommon mountain gorillas.
“The shelling you hear is Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo assist hearth for the models on the bottom round Kibumba,” mentioned a resident of the close by city of Kibati over the telephone.
“The models are within the park to search out the enemy. They shoot at us with heavy weapons and we return hearth,” mentioned a safety supply who requested anonymity.
A Kibumba civil society consultant additionally confirmed the clashes, including that the rebels had “requested the inhabitants to steer clear of the preventing”.
“Yesterday, homes have been destroyed by shelling”, he mentioned.
Impartial UN specialists, the Kinshasa authorities and several other Western nations together with the US and France accuse Rwanda of backing the Tutsi-led M23, which Kigali denies.
The East African pressure of Kenyan, Ugandan, Burundian and South Sudanese troopers was deployed within the area in November 2022.

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