DR Congo – 57 Accused Of Participating in Massacre Arrested

A group of men suspected in the burning down of houses and the killing of 13 people in a village in DR Congo have been arrested by the military

The military forces of the DR Congo have arrested 57 men suspected of being involved in a bloody attack in Kisia Kambulu in which 13 people were killed.

The suspected assailants have been arrested in Kimpana, Bagata territory in Kwilu province according to the administrator of Bagata territory.

The arrested men, thought to be from Kwamouth, Mai-Ndombe province, used machetes and light arms, Joseph Mankoto said, adding that their arrest follows the reinforcement of the military presence deployed in this part of the country by the authorities of Kwilu province.

“We doff our hats to our valiant FARDC soldiers.” said Mankoto, “the assailants have local weapons, that is no longer a secret. They have small calibre weapons, machetes and matches to burn down houses”. 

Mr. Mankoto has in the meantime called on the population to remain vigilant adding that “justice has done its part of the work by ensuring that these assailants would be judged and sentenced so that impunity does not take control of our society”.

The attack on Tuesday Oct 11 for which the 57 arrested assailants are being accused of, resulted in the deaths of thirteen persons including eleven men and two women.

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