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DR Congo Soldier Kills Journalist In Ituri Province

The soldier had left his motorcycle with Sengi, the journalist, the previous day, but a misunderstanding arose when he returned to collect it.

Sengi Schadrack, a journalist and former chief of the station, Radio Nouvelle Horizon, in Ndimo, Otomaber in Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been killed by a soldier of the country’s national army, FARDC.

Christophe Munyanderu, leader of a human rights outfit in Irumu, said the incident happened on Friday, July 8, 2022, following a misunderstanding. 

Munyanderu said the soldier whose identity was not known had disappeared after the incident.

According to him, the soldier had left his motorcycle with Sengi the previous day, but a misunderstanding arose when he returned to collect it.

“He was among the most dynamic persons who broadcast information on the airwaves of Radio RTR Beni,” he said.

“On Friday, July 8, this man in uniform killed him when he discovered that his motorcycle had not yet been repaired.”

The director of the radio station where Sengi worked was not immediately available for comments on the incident.

At this time when a state of siege is in force in Ituri, several journalists are the targets of attacks or threats from some national security authorities and the administration or armed groups active in the province.

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