(TNI Information Center). TNI Garuda Contingent (Konga) XXXIX-B Rapid Deployable Battalion (RDB) / Mission de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour La Stabilisation en République Démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO) Task Force managed to save four civilians from the armed robbery while carrying out a patrol. The rescue was led by the Patrol Team Commander Lt Inf Edvin in Crispin Village, Congo, Saturday (19/12/2020).
The robbery incident of four civilians occurred in the Area of Responsibility (AoR) of Combat Operation Base (COB) Bendera led by Major Inf. Ismail Taruna Vijaya. This incident occurred when the team was carrying out a routine patrol and received an information from residents that there was a criminal act in their village. The patrol team led by Lt Edvin quickly responded the report by conducting a sweeping into the forest and managed to save four motorized civilians who were robbed by armed groups and successfully executing the rescue safely.
To what happened in Crispin Village, TNI Konga XXXIX-B RDB / MONUSCO Task Force Commander Col Inf. Daniel Lumbanraja stated that the current political and security situation in Congo is unstable and many rebellions remain exist. This area remains declared as a Red Zone as there are many armed rebel groups which make the crime rate is still relatively high.
Moreover, the reasons they were active in robbery and extortion in various places were mostly for economic matter and to fund various attempts of criminal acts. Indeed, in carrying out their action, they do not hesitate to kill their victims, he added. The Commander claimed that many armed rebels have surrendered, yet there are still armed rebels remain residing in the forest.
To date, the routine patrol activities have succeeded in persuading 43 militias with 33 AK-47 weapons to surrender, followed by the rescue of two civilians who were robbed near the village of Kapunda. Such approach in the form of a routine patrol has built an emotional relationship between the Congolese people and the Indo RDB Task Force.