Death tolls from the Wednesday Dec. 8, 2021 attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Mangina have increased from five to 15 following the discovery of 10 other corpses in Masiriko and Butakelo, two villages situated on the Magina-Mantumbi highway, more than 30 kilometres west of Beni town.
According to Kabale Mahamba, quarter head of Masimbembe which was attacked on Wednesday by armed assailants, these new corpses were discovered by villagers who were returning from the bush.
Women and children were among the victims.
“Yesterday [Wednesday] we saw five corpses. Today [Thursday], ten new corpses were discovered by inhabitants who were returning from the bush where they had found refuge,” Mahamba revealed, adding that precarious calm has returned to Mangina and its environs.
One corpse was discovered in Mangina-Masimbembe, three in Masiriko and six in Butakelo.”
“For now, there are no longer gunshots.”
The Mayor of the Mangina Rural Council, Ephrem Kandondo, had revealed that his council was attacked at about 4 p.m. by ADF rebels who were from Masiriko, a village situated six kilometres from Mangina.
The attack constrained several inhabitants of quarters on the periphery of Mangina to flee to Kyansaba for some and some to Beni town, all fearing for their safety.
The army eventually intervened and chased the ADF assailants from the town without giving any casualty figures after mopping-up operations.
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