Militia kills 24 people in northeastern DR Congo
Bunia: Militia fighters in Democratic Republic of Congo killed 24 people and injured 12 others, local officials said Saturday, the latest attack in the restive northeastern province of Ituri.
The killings took place late Friday in a region where some 700 people have died since a surge in intercommunal violence in 2017.
Dozens of militia groups are active in eastern DR Congo, a legacy of the two Congo wars in the 1990s that dragged in its neighbours Uganda and Rwanda.
Friday’s latest massacre was attributed to a militia active in northern Ituri, bordering Uganda and South Sudan, known as Cooperative for the Development of Congo, or CODECO by its French initials.
“A total of 24 people were killed by gunshots” by militiamen from CODECO, said local administrative official Innocent Madukadala in the Djugu territory.
Alfred Alingi, another local administrator in Djugu, confirmed details of the attack.
The assailants were dressed in military uniform and “were shooting civilians in their way,” he said.
CODECO are a militia tied to the Lendu ethnic group. – AFP