Mai Mai Fighters Attack DRC Police Station, Free Inmates

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Rebel fighters from the Mai Mai militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo have attacked a police station and freed at least eight inmates.

 Rebel fighters from the Mai Mai militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo have attacked a police station and freed at least eight inmates.
The attack on Kipese police station, located about 80 kilometers southeast of the city of Butembo in North Kivu province, occurred early on Thursday.
Sources indicate that the rebels managed to free eight inmates who had been captured the day before by soldiers at Bukununu, a nearby village. A police officer who was on duty is said to have been injured during the attack.
According to police, the rebels engaged in a 20-minue fire exchange with officers on duty before they managed to break the door to the police cells and releasing the prisoners.
Colonel Olivier Hamuli, the spokesperson of the Congolese government forces in North Kivu Province, says the attack was carried out by the Mai –Mai rebels to disrupt the course of Justice.
Hamuli says the freed inmates were all rebels who had been arrested by the Congolese government forces and taken to police cells awaiting transfer to a place known as Lubero.
This is second time that the Mai-Mai fighters have attacked a security facility in the DRC and freed inmates in less than a month. In late June, the rebels attacked Beni central prison in North Kivu Province and freed 244 inmates.
 Beni central prison is located about 7 kilometres from the city center.
 The militia fighters reportedly attacked the prison facility with the intention of freeing all the 554 inmates but only managed to free 244 inmates following a fierce gun fire exchange with government forces.


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