Suspected militia fighters killed four Congolese soldiers in a hit and run attack on a military post in Kasai-Central province capital, Kananga, UN-funded radio reported.
Fighting between the Kamuina Nsapu militia and government forces over the past year and a half has displaced over a million people in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai provinces. Millions more have been hit by a severe humanitarian crisis.
Citing UN sources, Radio Okapi, supported by Congo’s peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, said assailants attacked a military post near Kananga airport before disappearing into the surrounding bush.
Local authorities were not immediately reachable for comment.
More than a decade after the end of a 1998-2003 war in which millions died, mostly from hunger and disease, militia attacks are on the rise across the vast, mineral-rich nation.
The violence comes amid a political crisis linked to President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down when his mandate expired a year ago and raises concerns Congo could again slide into all-out war.