According to Kanyuka, the attack, considered a violation of the ceasefire by the Kinshasa government, resulted in the deaths of two crucial commanders within the group.
Although M23 did not officially disclose the names of the fallen soldiers, IGIHE has learnt fromcredible sources that one of them is identified as Colonel Castro Elise Mberabagabo, responsible for intelligence and relations between M23 and its supporters.
On the same day, reports circulated about General Sultani Makenga’s advisor, Colonel Erasto Bahati, allegedly injured in a drone attack in Kitchanga.
Confronted with this escalation, M23 expressed its determination to retaliate, interpreting the attack by the DRC government forces as an act of provocation.
The loss of its leaders could have significant implications for the dynamics of this confrontation, especially since the Southern African Development Community (SADC) army recently joined the DRC forces in this conflict.