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CODECO Rebels Kill Civilians In Djugu Territory Of DR Congo

The two civilians killed by CODECO rebels were shot at close range with a child seriously wounded, according to local sources in Djugu territory.

Militia of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) on Sunday, Feb. 13, killed two civilians during an attack on Abombi business centre situated 10km from Mongbwalu in the Djugu territory of Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to civil society sources, the rebels who have been on the prowl in the region came from the mining region of Banyali Kilo and they targeted an army position.

“The victims; a soldier and his wife were gunned down by the rebels who also seriously wounded a child,” said Basiloko Toko Jean-Robert, the President of the civil society in the Banyali Kilo.

“They attacked early in the morning and they killed a soldier and his wife.” 

The army said it has dispatched soldiers based in Kilo-Etat to track down the attackers.

The CODECO rebels have stepped up attacks in the Banyali Kilo sector. Locals in distress have made several calls to the authorities to increase the number of soldiers in the zone.

The state of siege declared in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu since May 6, 2021 is hardly effective in putting an end to armed violence in the two provinces.

Since Nov. 30, 2021, the Ugandan army has been carrying out joint military operations with the DR Congo army on Congolese soil to put an end to the activities of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels and Islamic jihadists in Beni territory of North Kivu province as well as Irumu and Mambasa territories of Ituri province.

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