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Armed Gang Attacks Gogo Village In DR Congo

A recent attack on Nobili village was claimed by the Islamic State and resulted in the deaths of six persons and the release of 14 detainees suspected of committing crimes.

One person was killed and a woman wounded during a bloody attack on Monday, Feb. 7, by a yet-to-be identified armed gang in Gogo village, located five kilometres to Nobili on the border with Uganda, Watalinga chiefdom of Beni territory, North Kivu province, DR Congo.

Five other persons have also been reported missing since the attack.

“The attack started at 8 a.m. local time and the assailants ambushed villagers who were going to their farms,” revealed David Muwaze, a human rights activist.

The injured woman was taken to the Lamia hospital centre for medical attention while the corpse of the victim was taken to Nobili for burial, Muwaze added.

Following repeated attacks by rebels, there has been a mass emigration of people from Watalinga chiefdom. Many inhabitants are heading towards the river Lamia coastline while others have taken refuge in Uganda.

At least 43 households have been commandeered in the Bubukwanga transit camp and are being taken charge by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

This mass movement of the populations has been taking place in the zone since the attack on Wednesday, Feb. 2, on Nobili. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State and resulted in the deaths of six persons and the release of 14 detainees by the assailants from police custody.

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