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Armed Gang Abducts 4 Persons In North Kivu, DR Congo

Abductions of humanitarian workers have become a routine in the eastern DR Congo.

Four persons were abducted on Thursday, Oct. 7, by unidentified armed individuals in the Virunga national park situated in North Kivu of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The four persons were driving in a pick-up on the 4th national highway in Kibumba going to Goma when their vehicle was stopped by unidentified gunmen,” revealed Mambo Kwaya, president of the civil society in Nyiragongo territory, adding that the four persons were taken away into the bushes by their abductors.

The Mayor of Kibumba, Boniface Kagumya Chechire, confirmed the abduction to HumAngle, adding that though the identities of the kidnapped persons have not yet been revealed, the vehicle in which they were travelling belonged to a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO).

“I am on the spot and our security forces are investigating the matter,”Chechire  told the press.

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, four persons, among whom were three Congolese employed by the American NGO, International Medical Corps (IMC), were kidnapped in Fizi territory, South Kivu.

“Three members of personnel of the International Medical Corps who are Congolese nationals were kidnapped in South Kivu on Tuesday, Oct. 5,” the IMC announced in a statement without giving further details. “The security of our personnel is our principal preoccupation,” the IMC underlined.

“There were a total of four persons, three staff of IMC and the nurse at the Mulima Health Centre, who were abducted Tuesday,” Jean de Dieu Selemani, administrator of Fizi territory declared.

Abductions of humanitarian workers have become a routine in the region where tens of armed groups have been identified in the Eastern DR Congo’s North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri provinces.

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