REBELS kidnapped a Zimbabwean and South African worker/s at Banro Corp’s gold mine in the east Congolese province of Maniema on Sunday, a DRC army spokesman said.
Dieudonne Kasereka, a DRC army spokesman for South Kivu province, gave no further details.
The Canadian mining firm’s interests in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have come under periodic attack by Mai Mai militiamen. Last year they attacked trucks belonging to its Namoya gold mine in Maniema.
East Congolese militias such as the Mai Mai, who believe blessed water has magical properties like protecting fighters from bullets, have preyed on the population and exploited mineral resources since the end in 2003 of a regional war that killed millions, most from hunger and disease.
But only in the last three years have such armed groups shown an interest in taking hostages for ransom.