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FPIC Rebels Kill 2 Civilians In Babokela, DR Congo

The corpses were taken to Gbalana by a leader of the Coalition of Congolese Democrats popularly known as CODECO.

At least two persons were killed by suspected members of the Front Patriotique Integrationniste Congolais (FPIC) – Patriotic Front of Congolese Integrationists – in the village of Babokela situated in the Babelebe chiefdom in Irumu territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo, local sources told HumAngle. 

The victims who were killed on Saturday, Sept. 11, were believed to be traders riding on a motorbike to Gbalana in the Banyali Kilo sector where they were to buy merchandise.

The corpses of the two traders, who are yet to be officially identified, were found abandoned by the roadside.

“The corpses were eventually taken to Gbalana by a leader of the Coalition of Congolese Democrats popularly known as CODECO,” a local source who pleaded not to be named said.

“After the return of the corpses to Gbalana, the FPIC militiamen from Walu erupted into the funeral place and dispersed family members who had gathered to pay their last respects to the deceased persons.”

“The invasion of the funeral by the FPIC rebels has since created fear and panic among the people who were forced to bury their dead on Sunday, Sept.12 for fear of a punitive incursion by the rebels into the village.”

The FPIC militia and those of CODECO collaborate in wreaking havoc on the local populations. Last March, assailants attacked the civilian populations in Shari village, situated 10 km to the south of Bunia, killing 20 persons.

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