The Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC, has confirmed having killed 40 militia of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) in Ituri province, northeast of the country.
Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, the army spokesperson said the clashes resulting in the killing happened on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in the mineral region of Kobu situated in Djugu territory, northeast of Bunia, chief town of Ituri province.
Ngongo had Monday Sept. 5, revealed that three rebels were killed and four others wounded by the FARDC.
Twenty-four hours later, the army spokesperson said “more than 40 CODECO militiamen have been neutralized in an offensive including their leader.”
CODECO is one of the many armed groups that roam eastern DR Congo and it is also a politico-religious group that claims to defend the Lendu ethnic group made up largely of farmers who have had historic differences with their Hema community counterparts who are mainly herders.
Ituri and the neighbouring province of North Kivu have since May 6, 2021 been under a state of siege declared by President Felix Tshisekedi. The measure is intended to put an end to the activities of armed groups which have been troubling the peace in eastern DR Congo for the past 25 years.
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