The governor of Rumonge province (southwest) announced on Tuesday that the Burundian navy has killed two bandits on Lake Tanganyika. But a spokesman for the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo) says that it was Congolese soldiers who were shot.
In a telephone interview this Tuesday evening, Major Dieudonné Kasereka, spokesperson for the Sokola 2 operational sector in South Kivu (eastern DRC) confirmed the facts to Buja Express.
He said two Congolese navy soldiers died in a clash between elements of the FARDC and those of the Burundian navy on Lake Tanganyika on the night of Monday to Tuesday. “A third soldier has been captured. Negotiations are underway to see how he can be released and returned to his country, ”he reassured.
According to him, the incident was fostered by “the darkness on Lake Tanganyika and a poor network which did not allow good communication between the soldiers of the two navies”.
A spokesperson for the Burundi National Defense Force (FDNB) was not available to respond to this information.
A Burundian police officer told Buja Express that “until now we consider them to be bandits because the way they came is similar to that of the bandits who often commit thefts on Lake Tanganyika “, He said while adding that one of the” alleged bandits was in uniform (of the Congolese army) “.
A provincial authority said it was not yet aware of the information provided by the Congolese army. She also says that “we consider them to be bandits until further notice.”