Congo: Army Kills Splinter Hutu Militia Group Leader
Congo: Army Kills Splinter Hutu Militia Group Leader

Congolese forces have killed the leader of an offshoot of a Hutu militia in the agitated east of the country, two months after killing the leader of the main faction.

Juvenal Musabimana led a splinter group of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, FDLR, a group founded by Hutu officials who fled Rwanda after orchestrating the 1994 genocide.

His killing is the latest blow to the group, which has been weakened in recent years by arrests of several of its leaders and military pressure from Democratic Republic of Congo’s armed forces, the FARDC, and other militias.

Congolese Army Spokesman Guillaume Njike said the Army neutralised another radical leader of the FDLR.

Njike added that Musabimana, who was also known by his nom de guerre Jean-Michel Africa, was killed alongside four of his bodyguards following an intense firefight in Binza, North Kivu, near the Ugandan border.