Kinshasa - Mutineers in the Democratic Republic of Congo claimed on
Monday to have killed 26 loyalist troops in heavy fighting near the
"There was a major firefight that lasted at least
30 minutes in the Mbuzi district. We killed 26 soldiers while suffering
just one wounded" in the battle on Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Vianney
Kazarana, a spokesperson for the mutineers, told AFP.
accused loyalist forces of firing with tanks and mortars on unarmed
civilians, saying many had since fled the area where fighting flared up
The mutineers are onetime rebels who were integrated
into the national army under a 2009 peace deal but defected again over
complaints over their working and living conditions.
Kazarana also accused loyalist troops of carrying out "massive pillaging" in the town of Bunagana.
None of the claims could be independently verified.