Chinese Mine Workers Kidnapped in the Congo

Unidentified armed men kidnapped five Chinese nationals, killed a Congolese policeman, and wounded another on Saturday night in South Kivu, eastern DR Congo.

According to Major Dieudonné Kasereka, an army spokesman in the region, the five Chinese nationals were gold mine workers in Mukera, a village located about 25kms from Fizi-center. 

“There were 14 in total, five were taken away by the assailants to an unknown destination,” Kasereka said.

The Chinese Embassy in Kinshasa has called on all Chinese citizens to leave South Kivu and neighboring provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, as the security situation in those areas was “extremely complex and grim” that in the event of an attack or kidnapping, there was little possibility of providing aid, the Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) said that rebels associated with the M23 movement killed a guard in Virunga National Park on Saturday night.

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