Many houses were razed and a civilian killed during a raid on Kadingba village, in the Mambisa chiefdom of Djugu territory in Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo by the rebels of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) movement.
Several persons were also wounded in the attack which took place on Sunday, Dec. 12, while a yet to be confirmed number of persons have been reported missing.
“These CODECO assailants coming from the Besse forest burnt down several houses and systematically looted valuable properties belonging to the civilian population,” Juga Kr’lo, the traditional ruler of the Mambisa chiefdom revealed.
“The provisional casualty figure is one person killed and several wounded with others reported missing among whom are men and women. I solicit an urgent military intervention in the village of Kadingba in order to secure the peaceful population.”
Kr’lo further revealed that the attack took place in the absence of the national army who were supposed to be in the zone.
“It would appear soldiers of the FARDC got wind of the impending attack and disappeared because I cannot understand the fact that none of the soldiers who were supposed to be in the village intervened during the attack,” the traditional ruler declared in anger.
There is an atmosphere of panic in the zone right now and some inhabitants are already beginning to leave for safer areas.
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