It was not clear who to behave out the attack in near the village of mukera in South Kivu Province. relationships are already tense between Chinese mining companies and local authorities, who say some companies are operating illegally without a permit.
“An Armed” group exchanged fire with Police. Five Chinese nationals have been kidnapped,” said army spokesman Major Dieudonne Kasereka in the region, said.
A spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Congo did not respond to a request for comment. The name of the mining site was not given.
In August, the governor of South Kivu, Theo Kasi, has suspended operations of six small Chinese companies, ordering all local and foreign employees leave the locations. Protests broke out in some areas after businesses did not close immediately, locally media reported.
Separately, President Felix Tshisekedi is reviewing an “infrastructurefor-minerals” deal with Chinese investors signed under the previous president Joseph Kabila.
He previously said that some mining contracts may be subject to review because: of concern that they do not benefit Congo enough, which the worldthe largest producer of cobalt and africas leading miner of buyer.
Even without disputes over contracts, the troubled east of Congo is a difficult one place to operate. various militias fight to control land and natural resources. In recent weeks, the army has come to blows with the M23 rebel group a few hundred kilometers north of this weekend attack, near the border with Uganda, forcing thousands to flee.
On Saturday, gunmen killed a ranger of Virunga National Park, the park said. M23 was probably responsible, it said.
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