13 persons were killed, several others wounded, and 50 houses burnt during three days of communal violence in Kungu territory of South Ubangi, Democratic Republic of Congo, government sources said on Friday, Oct. 15.
“The provisional figures of the confrontations from Monday to Wednesday between members of the Lingotebe and Kungu groups are 13 persons killed with local weapons, several wounded and 50 houses burnt down,” an official of the Kungu territory in the northwest of South Ubangi said.
“At the origin of the violence are disputes on the boundaries between the two groups which go back to 1982. The inhabitants of the two communities are disputing over space in an area where they pick caterpillars but a definitive solution has never been found.”
Kungu territory is situated about one hundred km from Gemena, chief town of the South Ubangi province.
In 2010, South Ubangi was shaken by a murderous conflict between the Muzaya and Enyele communities that were quarrelling over the control of waters rich in fishes that are found in the forests of this region of the DR Congo.
The conflict later rapidly degenerated from a community misunderstanding into a veritable insurrection against provincial and national institutions.
The leader of the insurrection, Udjani Mangbama, was killed in May 2014 during police operations in Brazzaville where he had taken refuge.
He had opened fire on a police patrol that had gone to arrest him in the capital of neighbouring Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
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