No fewer than 58 people have been killed in a militia attack on two villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The DR Congo Government, on Thursday, said the deceased were killed with knives and firearms.
Suspected members of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed group operating in the eastern part DR Congo, were said to murdered 23 people in Irumu territory in southern Ituri on Tuesday, followed by 35 on Thursday.
Three chiefs are part of the dead.
Killings of civilians by the ADF militia has increased this year after the government launched a large-scale army campaign to wipe them out. As a result, the ADF abandoned its bases, split into smaller more mobile groups, and took revenge on civilians in an attempt to divert the army’s resources to protect villages.
Ituri province’s provincial interior minister, Adjio Gidi, attributed the attacks to the attacks to the ADF members who were “fleeing military pressure in [neighbouring] North Kivu province, namely in Beni.”
Congo Lifts COVID-19 Curfew
The Republic of Congo has lifted an imposed nationwide curfew in 10 regions and relaxed it in two main cities.
The curfew will now be enforced from 11pm to 5am local time in Pointe Noire and the capital, Brazzaville.
Since 14 March, the country has reported nearly 5,000 cases of Covid-19.
Several rights groups recently called for the full lifting of the curfew, saying relaxation of the measure has been counterproductive and has led to unemployment.
Meanwhile, 363 Angolans recently returned back to their country months after been stranded in the Republic of Congo and DR Congo since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March.
The returnees were welcomed back to the northern Cabinda Province of the country by the Angolan deputy consul in Muanda, Congo Central Province (DRC), Felisberto Zua, and the municipal administrator of Cabinda, Berta Marciano.
Speaking at the event, Zua said the repatriation process happened in a normal manner, further stressing that there are still many compatriots who are willing to return to Angola.
In DR Congo’s capital Kinshasa, taking temperatures and washing hands are still the norm in the residential district of Gombe, which is also the city’s diplomatic and economic centre.
But in working-class communities, masks are being pushed down to the chin and people are shaking hands again just like it is in Nigeria and major countries across the continent..
For many the latest buzz phrase is “corona eza te”, which translates to “there is no corona” in the local Lingala.
Congo Thwarts Rebels Attempt To Seize Mining Hub
Pro-independence rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have beheaded two policemen and killed a soldier during a failed attempt to seize strategic buildings in the African nation mining hub of Lubumbashi.
The incident which happened overnight was foiled by security forces.
DR Congo’s second-largest city is the capital of the mineral-rich south-eastern province of Haut-Katanga, where mining companies such as Ivanhoe and MMG Ltd have concessions.
Late on Friday, around 200 Mai-Mai militiamen, armed with guns and machetes, had marched into the city of around two million people with the aim of occupying official buildings and the local television station, Provincial Interior Minister, Fulbert Kunda, said.
Two police officers were beheaded and a soldier was shot dead in the stand-off with security forces, who killed 16 rebels as they rebuffed the attack, he said.
“At the moment, the situation is under control and it has become calm across the whole territory of the city,’’ Kunda said in a video statement.
Mai Mai comprise several armed bands that originally formed to resist two invasions by Rwandan forces in the late 1990s.
They have since morphed into a variety of ethnic-based militia, including hardline secessionists.
‘The Mummy’ star; Vosloo
Popular Hollywood movie ‘The mummy’ follows the story of adventurer Rick O’Connell as he travels to Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead, with a librarian and her older brother, where they accidentally awaken Imhotep, a cursed high priest from the reign of the Pharaoh Seti I of 1290 B.C. which was played by African actor Arnold Vosloo. Meet him.
Arnold Vosloo was born 16th June, 1962 and is a South African actor. He is known for his roles as Imhotep in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Colonel Coetzee in Blood Diamond, Pik van Cleef in Hard Target, Dr. Peyton Westlake / Darkman in Darkman II and Darkman III, Zartan in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, and terrorist Habib Marwan during the fourth season of 24.
Vosloo began his acting career in the South African theatre where he won several Dalro Awards for his performances in such plays as Don Juan, Hamlet, and Môre is ‘n Lang Dag (Tomorrow is a Long Day) and he quickly became a regular at Pretoria’s State Theatre. He also starred in Torch Song Trilogy and won another award for the TV show, Meisie van Suid-Wes (Girl from South West).
In 1984, he moved on to film where he continued Dalro Award-winning performances in films such as Boetie gaan Border toe (Boetie goes to the border, a comedy about the Border War) acting alongside fellow South African actor Frank Opperman, and Circles in a Forest (based on the book Kringe in ‘n Bos by author Dalene Matthee) in 1990. Vosloo also starred in the “Boetie” sequel, Boetie op maneuvers (Boetie on maneuvers) in 1986.
Vosloo also starred in Morenga (1985), Saturday Night at the Palace (based on the play by Paul Slabolepszy about racism in South Africa), Skeleton Coast (1987) and The Rutanga Tapes (1990). Upon arriving in the U.S., Vosloo returned to the theatre where he appeared in Born In The R.S.A. at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre and in the NY’s Circle In The Square Uptown’s short-lived production of Salomé (1992) together with Al Pacino.
His American film debut was in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). He later appeared in the two less successful sequels to the 1990 film Darkman, Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1994) and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996), filling the shoes of Liam Neeson as the titular character Darkman. He’s also known for portraying villains such in the John Woo film Hard Target (1993), starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. He played the title role of the 1999 film The Mummy (starring Brendan Fraser), as well as its 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns. In both films he played Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian high priest. Vosloo also played François Molay, the main villain’s henchman, in the 2003 film Agent Cody Banks.
In 2004, The Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride opened in both Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood. Vosloo and Fraser were there at both openings to promote the new rides, in which both of them star, as well as featuring a life size image of Vosloo as The Mummy.
Alongside his film career, he guest-starred in several TV series, including The Red Shoe Diaries, American Gothic (1995), Nash Bridges (1995), Charmed (2000), Alias (2004) and NCIS (2009). He was one of the main characters in Veritas: The Quest (2003). He also had a major role in the fourth season of 24 (2005), as terrorist leader Habib Marwan. Vosloo appeared in three episodes of Chuck in 2009 as Fulcrum agent Vincent.
In 2004, Vosloo returned to South Africa to make Forgiveness, about an ex-policeman who seeks out the family of the anti-Apartheid activist that he killed. He played mercenary Colonel Coetzee in the 2006 film Blood Diamond, which was partially filmed in South Africa. Vosloo has been involved in video games: His likeness, as well as his voice, was chosen for main hero (Saul Myers) of video game Boiling Point: Road to Hell, published in summer of 2005 by ATARI. Vosloo portrayed the Cobra mercenary and master of disguise, Zartan, in the summer 2009 release G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
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