Fighting Upsets Release of 8 Red Cross Staff in DRC

Militia fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo were supposed to release their eight Red Cross staff hostages on April 15 but the plan was abandoned after the group was attacked by the DRC army, The Associated Press reports. The agency quoted a rebel leader, Aluri Yakutumba, who explained that the forces of the DRC army attacked his group as it was preparing to receive a Red Cross delegation from Bukavu, the capital of the eastern DRC province of Sud-Kivu.

The eight Red Cross workers, who were kidnapped in Sud-Kivu on April 9, are in good health, Yakutumba told AP.

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