Hutu FLDR rebels on Monday killed ten Congolese soldiers in what must be a major demoralizing setback for the Congo army. Two colonels were reportedly among the dead. The successful rebel ambush attack took place in the Masisi region of North Kivu province which is north of Goma and near Virgunga National Park.

With the UN unwilling or unable to assist the Congo army, there have been concerns over the Congo army’s capabilities of displacing the rebels. While the army has been reporting the capture of multiple former rebel strongholds, the rebels have clearly been successful in melting away into the jungles whenever attacked and remain a force to be reckoned with.