Thirty-one combatants of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) have been killed in three days of pounding of their positions by the DR Congo national army, FARDC.
The DR Congo army announced on Tuesday, Dec. 28, that its troops pounded the rebels in their bastions in the Mungwalu region in Djugu territory of Ituri province.
Three zones controlled by CODECO were targeted by helicopters of the DR Congo army between Dec. 23 and 26. The targets were mining sites in Dzigene, Andisa, and Dungu.
Lt. Jules Ngongo, the FARDC spokesperson in the region, said it was from these zones that the militiamen were attacking Mungwalu, adding that mopping-up operations were still going on in the area.
HumAngle reports that on Dec.3, seven civilians, among whom were two children, were killed in an attack on the Mungwalu mining site.
It was also in this region that at least four persons, among whom were two Chinese nationals, were killed in an attack by militiamen on an artisanal mining site in Damblo.
Violence resumed in this region in 2017 with the advent of the CODECO militia who claimed to defend the interests of the Lendu in the region.
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