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CODECO Rebels Kill 2 Civilians In Mangbwedu Village, DR Congo

Despite a state of siege in DR Congo, attacks have intensified in the country by rebels on civilians.

Two civilians were killed on Sunday, Oct. 31, in an ambush by rebels of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) on Mangbedu village, Kilo-Kobu highway in Djugu territory.

According to civil society sources, the rebels attacked vehicles which were leaving Mungbwalu heading to Bunia.

“These vehicles were leaving Mungbwalu for Bunia and fell in an ambush. More than 20 vehicles had left Kilo for Bunia yesterday afternoon when the militiamen laid ambush around Mangbwedu where they killed two persons including a driver and a passenger,” Jean-Robert Toko, president of the Kilo civil society said.

“There were several wounded persons. I plead with the army to reinforce patrols on this highway which is not yet secured,” he added. 

Many passengers who were in the vehicles fled into the bushes while over 10 vehicles made a u-turn as four others were abandoned on the site of the attack, according to Toko. 

On Friday, Oct. 29,  alone, at least 27 civilians were killed by rebels in different attacks in Djugu.

The state of siege declared on May 6, 2021 by President Felix Tshisekedi in the Ituri and North Kivu provinces has not succeeded in curbing rebel attacks in the said provinces after authorities extended the state of siege 10 times. 

National and provincial parliamentarians from Ituri and North Kivu have decided they would not participate in voting for an 11th prolongation of the state of siege since the results of the 10 earlier prolongations were insufficient.

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