At least 30 soldiers were killed and 70 more wounded during the army offensive operation against Islamist rebels in the eastern DR Congo.
According to DRC army official Major Mak Hazukai, the troops had suffered heavy losses in the fierce battle against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) but managed to capture the enemy headquarters at Madina.
Congratulating the soldiers and officers on their achievement, the national government described the captured area as one of the ADF’s last bastions.
The campaign aimed to eliminate the Islamists groups in North Kivu, the province near the Ugandan border, was launched last October. Since then, the UN has conducted numerous patrols in the area as a part of its peacekeeping mission.