After more than six months of relative calm in the usually restive town of Lubumbashi, chief town of Haut-Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo, terrorists returned with a vengeance in the night of Monday, Dec. 20 to Tuesday, Dec. 21, to Ghadolite quarter of the town, killing five persons.
“We have for now counted five dead in Gbadolite quarter in the Lubumbashi council,” Bertin Tchoz of the security governance thematic within the civil society concentration of Haut-Katanga revealed.
“This figure has to evolve because certain other persons are seriously wounded by these bandits who carted away a lot of properties in the door-to-door operation they carried out that Monday to Tuesday night.”
A victim told HumAngle of his encounter with the marauding terrorists.
“They tied me up and forced me to give them money and threatened to kill me if I didn’t. They took all my money,” he said.
“They also destroyed the house of my parents after failing to get any money from them. As they were threatening my father, they shot at my mother twice but she is still alive. My father who received several bullets died.”
Several persons who were wounded have been admitted in various hospitals in the town and the Congolese National Police command in Haut-Katanga has promised to update the people on the evolution of events in Lubumbashi.
Lubumbashi had been plagued by insecurity at the beginning of this year but following the deployment of an impressive security detail in the town, several men of the underworld responsible for the insecurity were arrested.
Some were tried and jailed while some left town for other places, thus bringing some respite to the inhabitants of Lubumbashi.
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