Two SANDF soldiers killed and 20 injured in latest DRC attack


By Staff Reporter

POLOKWANE -M23 rebels on Tuesday attacked the town of Sake in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), resulting in the deaths of two South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers. Twenty more were injured.

The SANDF in a statement on Wednesday confirmed a mortar attack on a South African base in Sake on 25 June “which resulted in two fatalities and twenty injured. Four members who were critically injured have been hospitalized, whilst the rest who suffered minor injuries are expected to be discharged soon.”

defenceWeb understand that a Captain from 46 Brigade Headquarters and a Captain from the Air Defence Artillery Formation were killed in the incident.

Department of Defence Head of Communication Siphiwe Dlamini said families of the two members who lost their lives have been informed and all procedures to bring their mortal remains are in process. The names of the deceased will be communicated in due course.

Unverified sources indicate at least two M23 attacks on Sake on Tuesday, with one in the morning and another in the evening, with rebels making use of mortars to attack SANDF and Congolese Army (FARDC) positions.

Local reports claim FARDC elements along with Wazalendo militia were able to repel the M23 attacks on Sake after fierce fighting.

Located some 20 km from the capital city of North Kivu Province Goma, Sake has been largely deserted for months following previous attacks. On 30 May, South African soldiers serving with the Southern African Development Community Mission in the DRC (SAMIDRC) came into contact with the M23 at Sake, with at least 13 injured and one killed as well as two APCs damaged. One Tanzanian soldier was also apparently killed and seven wounded along with a dozen M23 rebels killed.

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