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Armed Gang Kills 8 Persons In Kasaka Village, DR Congo

Some of the residents in Kasaka have allegedly captured and murdered the thieves in reprisal.

Eight persons, including six men and two women were killed by an armed gang on Sunday, Jan. 2, in Kasaka village, situated in the Bashu chiefdom to the south of Beni territory of North Kivu.

Kamala Tsongo, rapporteur of the civil society of Bashu, told HumAngle that the attack started at about 9 p.m. CAT when the victims were relaxing in a beer parlour.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Tsongo said “three suspected thieves were burnt alive by the population of Kasaka and we think their comrades in crime decided to take revenge for their deaths.”

Two civilians accused of theft and kidnapping were killed by an irate group in Kasaka village on Thursday, Dec. 30. 

A third suspected thief who escaped from the grip of the Kasaka population was eventually tracked down and also killed 24 hours later.

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