At least five persons were killed in two separate attacks by rebels of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) and Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), on Itendey villages within the Agonema tribal group in the Banyali Kilo sector of Djugu territory and Kazahoro situated near Mantumbi, about 15 km to the locality of Mbau in Beni territory of North Kivu.
The attack on Itendey village by CODECO rebels was on Sunday, Jan. 2, while that on Kazahoro by ADF rebels took place on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.
The chief of Itendey village revealed that the assailants fired several shots resulting in the death of one inhabitant of his village and forcing several villagers to abandon their homes to take refuge in the bushes.
He, however, said the army was able to chase the attackers away which made the villagers return to their homes on Sunday evening.
CODECO attacks in Djugu territory continue as the year 2022 begins.
The rebels have occupied five tribal groups in Banyali Kilo sector since June last year. Lisey commercial centre is their bastion in this sector where they have been freely exploiting minerals.
Meanwhile, in the Dec. 31, 2021 attack on Kazahoro village, four persons were killed while 10 houses were razed down by ADF rebels. Among those killed was a hostage who was being held by the Ugandan rebels.
Fataki Sabuni, the chief of Mantumbi village, said the attack took place around 9 p.m. local time and according to local administrative sources, all the dead persons were hacked by machetes.
He said one corpse was found in the neighbouring village of Kanunu while three others were found in Kazaroho.
“The number of four dead I have given you is provisional as many individuals are yet to be accounted for and the assailants continue to roam the area,” the chief of Mantumbi village said.
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