The commander of Congolese govt troops fighting Ugandan Islamist rebels in the restive east of place has been killed in an ambush, the government said.
"Colonel Mamadou Ndala has been killed ... Evidently it was the ADF-Nalu (Ugandan rebel power) that killed him and two of his bodyguards," govt spokesman Lambert Mende said.
"This is really an immense decline for the armed forces and the republic," Mende told AFP.
Ndala was travelling on Thursday in between towns in strife-torn North Kivu province, "for the deployment of a commando battalion when his jeep fell into an ambush", Mende explained.
The assault was evidently the operate of the rebel Alliance of Democratic Forces and National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-Nalu), which is a single of the oldest armed movements active in japanese DR Congo, military and UN resources said.
"Just when we arrived at Matembo, a rocket arrived in from the appropriate-hand facet of the road and struck our jeep, which was mounted with a weighty weapon," Corporal Paul Safari, a bodyguard of the colonel's, informed AFP near the scene.
"I commenced shooting until finally I ran out of ammunition, but the aggressors were still advancing," he added.
A senior officer in the UN mission in the DR Congo, identified as MONUSCO, which is delivering the army with armed forces and logistical support, confirmed the ambush "possibly by the ADF-Nalu in opposition to the FARDC (Congolese army)."
"The predicament is complex," the officer mentioned with no elaborating.
ADF-Nalu was created in the mid-nineteen nineties in western Uganda out of the merger of two armed groups opposed to the regime of President Yoweri Museveni.
The rebel power last week killed 40 civilians in a grisly assault in the northeastern Beni location of DR Congo, when they raped females and hacked youngsters to death, dumping bodies in latrines, in accordance to regional officers and MONUSCO, which sent attack helicopters on a retaliatory raid.
But government spokesman Mende stated a soldier acting as a protection guard at a nearby firm experienced opened fire to scare absent a prospective thief.
"It really is an incident that happened outside Ndolo airport, although a soldier from the naval drive was concerned," Mende advised AFP.
A second supply, Georges Tabora, who commands the global airport at Ndjili, 10 kilometres (six miles) from Ndolo airport, also denied the studies.
On Monday, armed youths believed to be loyal to a pastor who challenged President Joseph Kabila in elections 7 several years ago stormed the condition tv station, the intercontinental airport and the navy headquarters.
In accordance to Mende, 103 folks ended up killed in Monday's violence &ndash ninety five attackers and eight members of the armed forces.
The ADF-Nalu rebels have been led since 2007 by Jamil Mukulu, a former Christian who converted to Islam, and they are considered to be the only Islamist motion active across the border in DR Congo.
The United States set the team on its list of terrorist organisations in 2001 and Mukulu has been focused by UN sanctions considering that 2011 and European Union sanctions given that 2012.
Edited by Steve Wilson