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Indonesian peacekeepers free six civilians held hostage by armed bandits in Congo

  • Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 22, 2020   /  10:00 pm
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Indonesian soldiers from the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), or MONUSCO, walk through a path in Kitupa village, DRC, in this undated file photo.(Photo courtesy of the Indonesian Military (TNI)/File)

Indonesian soldiers from the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), or MONUSCO, have freed six civilians held hostage by an armed band of robbers in Kitupa village. Indonesian Military (TNI) spokesman for international affairs Col. Djawara Heny Twies Whimbo said the rescue operation started after a patrol team from the TNI’s Garuda Contingent XXXIX-B Rapidly Deployable Battalion (RDB) rescued four civilians from armed robbers.

"Based on survivors’ accounts, the RDB soldiers found out that the robbers were part of an armed group calling itself Aigle Alelluya," Djawara said in a statement to The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

The survivors then informed the Indonesian soldiers that the group had also kidnapped several civilians.

"RDB personnel also received similar repo...