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DR Congo Troops KIll 11 CODECO Rebels In Ituri

The fight broke out between the DR Congo army and CODECO rebels when the latter attacked the positions of the army.

At least 11 militia of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) were killed on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in attacks on the CODECO positions in Djugu, eastern DR Congo, the country’s high army command announced. 

A senior military officer in Ituri informed HumAngle that the CODECO rebels attacked the positions of the DR Congo army, FARDC. 

“Fighting between opposing the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, FARDC and CODECO rebels took place in the locality of Penyi, situated in the Walendu Tatsi sector, Djugu territory in Ituri province,” the army officer said. 

“The fighting followed an attack by CODECO rebels on the positions of the FARDC. At least 11 militiamen were killed.”

Seven other rebels were wounded during the firefight while three AK-47 rifles were recovered, Lt. Jules Ngongo, the army spokesperson in Ituri, announced without giving the number of casualties, if any, on the side of the FARDC.

“We again tell this armed group which continues in its stubbornness that the worst is coming and we have demonstrated this today. They are using children, women, and old persons as human shields. They will be pursued and definitively hunted down,” the army spokesperson declared.

The CODECO militia groups have intensified attacks on several public buildings in Djugu territory notably the burning down of houses in the villages of Sala and Nyanda within the Malabo group.

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