Congolese Commander Col. Mamadou Ndala Moustafa was declared dead hours after he was shot dead in an ambush 9km off Beni. 5 of his escorts are reportedly injured.
Initial reports indicated that Col. Mamadou Ndala was wounded in an ambush by Ugandan ADF-NALU rebels. He later died at a hospital in Beni, North Kivu pronvince.
Col. Mamadou M’Dala Moustafa was the commander of the Congolese army in eastern Congo and was in charge of operations against the Ugandan rebels. The attack took place in North Kivu located in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
“We are very sad to announce the death of Colonel Mamadou ‘n’ Dala Mustafa, his convoy was ambushed on the way to the airport from Beni, he died from wounds sustained in the attack, colonel Mamadou died defending his country, he is a hero, known for his bravery and leadership” a site ‘Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) posted on their official Facebook page.
Colonel Mamadou N’Dala Moustafa has been the Commander of the FARDC brigade working with the UN Intervention Brigade set up by the United Nations Security Council to fight against the M23 Congolese rebels.
He was in charge of the protection of the North-Kivu provincial capital Goma and government facilities in the area.
In a recent interview, Colonel Mamadou N’Dala Moustafa said that his priority is the protection of the Congolese civilians and institutions, but that ultimately, he is ready to fight a war against the M23 Congolese Rebels and to bring the war to where it began.