Congolese troops have regained control of three strategic sites in the capital Kinshasa after raids by what the government described as a ‘terrorist group’.
Over fifty of the assailants were reportedly killed with nearly 40 captured.
Officials have down played the attacks, calling on the population to resume their normal activities.
Government spokesman Mende Omalanga said: “If the people show that they’re not terrorised, they will deter other adventurers who may want to spill the blood of innocents in our country.”
The Democratic Republic of Congo is struggling to emerge from decades of instability and ethnic tensions. The United Nations has a camp in the country where it supplies thousands of ex-combatants who recently surrendered from armed groups.
“We’re doing resettlement and reintegration for them here, “ said Major Waleed Turky, a member of the MONUSCO peacekeeping mission. “This encourages ex-combatants to surrender to the FARDC (Congolese national army) and to DDRRR so that they become civilians. Our task here is to protect the civilians and encourage Congolese civilization”.
Monday’s raids have been claimed by former presidential candidate Paul Joseph Mukungubila who is opposed to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s premier for making peace with Tutsi-led rebels.