The Congolese army said that militias targeting displaced persons’ camps in eastern Congo attacked at least two villages in Ituri province, killing at least a dozen people
KINSHASA, Congo – The military said on Monday that militias targeting displaced persons’ camps in eastern Congo had attacked two villages in Ituri province, killing at least 12 people.
Local officials and an organization tracking violence in the area said the death toll ranged from 18 to 29. According to the Kivu security tracking agency, the vast majority of those killed in the villages of Drodro and Mba/Dongo were civilians. After extensive interviews in the area, the death toll was 29. It earlier set the toll toll at 107, but later stated that the information was wrong.
Willy Pilo Mulindro, the person in charge of the nearby North Bema region, said that the attack caused significant material damage and the damage was temporary.
“Those who were looking for the body escaped the sound of the bullet. They have not yet returned to the scene because of what they did,” he said.
Civil society leader Charite Banza said that at least 22 bodies have been recovered and Drodro’s Catholic Church was looted.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Congo stated that at least 16,000 people fleeing the violence took refuge in a nearby location protected by peacekeepers.