Guinea-Bissau: 5 Chinese workers abducted in eastern DR Congo

By Marie Tayebwa

The milita group has now put out an appeal for more contact with their captors

Five Chinese national workers have been kidnapped in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after assailants attacked a bank and gas station near the city of Bukavu, the UN mission says.

Officials say dozens of gunmen attacked a gas station close to a oil pipeline, attacking and destroying six vehicles, before entering the bank.

It is not clear how many security personnel have been killed and injured.

Milita group All-Congo-War in Central Africa is now seeking contact with the kidnappers.

BBC Africa analyst Tom Davies said clashes continued in the region between regional militia groups and government forces, with the two sides now fully mobilised.

More than 500 people have been killed since mid-2017 in violence in the capital and surrounding areas.

The UN mission said Chinese civilian bank employees, a contractor and a teacher were being held.

The commercial and financial district of Bukavu has been the scene of fierce clashes between armed militia groups and Congolese troops in recent weeks.

We hope to have more information soon.

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