Three Arrested Over Goma Airport Attack

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Lambert Mende, the DRC government spokesman identifies one of the suspects as Kambake Malonga, the mastermind of the attack.

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC are holding three men in connection with the Tuesday evening attack on Goma Airport in North Kivu Province.

 
Lambert Mende, the DRC government spokesman identifies one of the suspects as Kambake Malonga, the mastermind of the attack. Malonga was reportedly picked up in Bunagana are along the Uganda-DRC boarder, with the help of intelligence from one of the East African countries.
 
 

According to Mende, Malonga belongs to an armed group he identifies as Union of Congolese Patriots for Peace. He explains that Malonga and his group attempted to overrun Goma airport on Tuesday.
 
 

They reportedly shelled the airport with heavy gunfire but were repulsed by government forces. He says one government soldier and rebel fighters were killed in the gunfire at the airport.
 

He says three other gunmen were injured but they managed to escape. Mende who declined to reveal the identity of the other suspects says Malonga has recruiting fighters in his ranks from Beni, Oicha and Nyamilima in Rutshuru area.

   

 

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For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

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Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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