Rwandan Hutu rebels (FDLR) ambushed and killed nine government soldiers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The killing comes after the army launched an offensive to wipe out armed groups.
According to Maj Gen Leo Mushale, commander of northeast forces, Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels shot their soldiers on Monday in eastern Masisi district of North Kivu.
Mushale told press in Goma, the capital of North Kivu that three high ranking officers including a commander of Masisi district, Colonel Raphael Bawili, were killed.
“We have not yet eradicated the FDLR but they are being neutralised by our forces. The public still collaborates with them,” Mushale said.
The army claims to have killed hundreds of FDLR rebels since this year’s operations commenced.
The FDLR, a militia of Rwandan Hutu rebels, has been active in DR Congo since crossing over the border from Rwanda after the 1994 genocide of Tutsi people there and the subsequent seizure of power by a Tutsi-led rebel faction.