GOMA, Congo (Reuters) – Gunmen kidnapped a South African and one Zimbabwean employee at Banro Corp’s gold mine within the east Congolese province of Maniema on Sunday, a military spokesman mentioned.
Dieudonne Kasereka, military spokesman for South Kivu province, gave no additional particulars.
The Canadian mining agency’s pursuits in jap Democratic Republic of Congo have come below periodic assault by Mai Mai militiamen. Final yr they attacked vehicles belonging to its Namoya gold mine in Maniema.
Repeated assaults by the Mai Mai on Namoya and Banro’s Twangiza mine in neighboring South Kivu province at one stage appeared to throw the corporate’s survival into query, though it has managed to maintain working.
East Congolese militias such because the Mai Mai, who imagine blessed water has magical properties like defending fighters from bullets, have preyed on the inhabitants and exploited mineral sources for the reason that finish in 2003 of a regional battle that killed thousands and thousands, most from starvation and illness.
However solely within the final three years have such armed teams proven an curiosity in taking hostages for ransom.
Reporting by Fiston Mahamba; Writing by Tim Cocks; Enhancing by Chris Reese