The Congolese army claimed on Sunday that it had killed a new warlord of the Rwandan Hutu FDLR militia set up in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after the genocide of the Tutsi in 1994, with the leaders of the massacres.
The army killed Saturday in the province of North Kivu, near Uganda, « Musabimana Juvenal known under the nickname of General Jean-Michel Africa, » she said in a statement received by AFP in Goma .
« It was after an intense confrontation (…) that the latter and four of his bodyguards could be neutralized, » added the statement signed by a military spokesman in the region, Major Guillaume Ndjike Kaiko.
« Operations are continuing in Rutshuru territory to eradicate local and foreign armed groups, » he added.
In mid-September, the Congolese army announced that it had killed the FDLR’s supreme leader, Sylvestre Mudacumura, who had been targeted since July 2012 by an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
His death was described as « good news for peace and security in the region » by Kigali, who hailed « the commitment of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi » against armed groups in eastern DRC.
The Rwandan rebellion of the FDLR was created by Rwandan Hutu refugees in eastern DRC, then Zaire, after the genocide of Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994, which killed more than 800,000 people according to the UN. They are opposed to the power of Kigali.
Its founders, as well as a number of its veterans, are sought after by international justice, accusing them of taking an active part in the genocide of Tutsi and the massacre of moderate Hutu.
In early October, five men arrested in Rwanda following an attack that killed 14 people in the north of the country claimed to be FDLR rebels.