Police officers successful the DR Congo superior Kinshasa, connected June 30, 2019. (Alexis Huguet/AFP via Getty Images)
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo—Militiamen killed astatine slightest 20 radical connected Sunday successful an onslaught connected a displaced persons campy successful northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a section chief, and a civilian rights radical said.
They blamed the onslaught connected the CODECO militia, which has killed hundreds of civilians successful Congo’s Ituri Province and forced thousands to fly their homes successful the past fewer years.
Army spokesperson Jules Ngongo Tshikudi confirmed the onslaught connected Sunday adjacent the colony of Drodro, but did not springiness a decease toll.
Local main Pilo Mulindro Willy said 20 radical were killed, portion civilian rights radical president Charite Banza enactment the toll astatine 22.
“This is the 3rd onslaught by these outlaws against displacement sites successful the abstraction of a week successful this portion of the country, causing much than 50 deaths and tremendous worldly damage,” said Banza.
The authorities said that CODECO fighters killed astir 20 radical successful the aforesaid country past Sunday.
CODECO’s fighters are drawn chiefly from the Lendu farming community, which has agelong been successful struggle with Hema herders.
Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu Province person been tally by subject officers since May erstwhile the authorities declared a authorities of siege successful effect to rampant violence, but the killings person shown nary motion of abating.
By Erikas Mwisi Kambale