Congo: August 31, 2005


There are unverified reports that the 53rd Army Battalion and four companies of the 2nd Mixed Battalion were "missing" (ie, possibly deserted). The units are located in the eastern Congo. The 53rd Battalion is based in Burungu, which is north of Goma (in North Kivu province). The companies in the 2nd Mixed Battalion were located in Kanyabayonga (which is north of Burungu). Most of the deserters appear to bee Congolese Tutsis, which reinforced the earlier reports that the dissident group were Banyamulenge. 


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