Categories: Africa

At Least 15 Killed In DR Congo Violence

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, the DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa


At least 15 people have died in separate attacks by armed groups in DR Congo’s troubled northeastern province of Ituri, local sources and monitors said on Monday.

A militia group called CODECO on Sunday ransacked the village of Mabanga in Djugu territory, “killing six people, including four women,” Ngandjole Assani, a representative of local grassroots groups, told AFP.

“There were no (Congolese army) troops around,” Assani said.

In Irumu territory farther south, members of CODECO and a group called the Patriotic and Integrationist Force of the Congo (FPIC) on Sunday attacked the village of Kokonyangi, a local chief said.

“Eleven bodies were found and 10 other civilians were injured,” said Jonas Lemi Zorabo, a traditional leader in the Babao-Bokoe area.

A US-headquartered monitoring group, the Kivu Security Tracker, said nine people died in Kokonyangi.

The armed forces in Ituri confirmed the attacks but did not provide further details.

CODECO — the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) — claims to defend the Lendu ethnic group, which has a long history of blood feuds with the Hema community.

Fighting between the two communities flared between 1999 and 2003, claiming tens of thousands of lives before being quelled by a European Union peacekeeping force, Artemis.

Violence then resumed in 2017, blamed on the emergence of CODECO.

Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu province have been under a “state of siege” since May — a measure aimed at speeding the response to armed groups by replacing senior civilian officers with officers from the security forces.

More than 120 armed groups roam eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, many of them the legacy of full-scale wars that flared in the 1990s.

Anthonia Orji

Disqus Comments Loading...
Published by
Anthonia Orji
Tags: DR Congo

Recent Posts

Wagner Chief Laid To Rest In Secret Ceremony

Prigozhin's press service only said that a private ceremony had been held for Prigozhin --…

6 hours ago

Elon Musk Lifts Political Ad Ban At Rebranded Twitter

Welcoming back potentially misleading political messages at X came less than a week after former…

6 hours ago

Elumelu Visits Tinubu, Says Private Sector Encouraged With President’s ‘Bold Decisions’

The business magnate believes that with time, Nigerians will benefit from the decisions taken.

7 hours ago

APC Backtracks, Disowns Campaign Lists For Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi Polls

APC's decision might not be unconnected to the intrigues around the listing of Wike as…

7 hours ago

Erling Haaland Wins PFA Player Of The Year Award

The 23-year-old saw off competition from team-mates John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne, as well…

7 hours ago

Spurs Crash Out Of League Cup At Fulham

Tottenham took advantage of a curious incident that left Fulham down to 10 men to…

7 hours ago