Authorities in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo say they are suspecting that Islamist jihadists operating in the area were responsible for the explosion in the Katindo military camp in Goma on Thursday, April 7, which killed six persons.
Though investigations are already on, the Military Governor of North Kivu said the explosion was from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
“The scene has been secured to enable the scientific police to carry out investigations so that we know what kind of engine it was but on close observation, I am surprised that the explosion caused such deflagrations,” said Lt.-General Constant Ndima, the North Kivu military governor, after visiting the scene on Friday morning, April 8.
“It is not what I have heard left and right that it was a grenade. In view of the impact of the explosion, I am forced to think it was an improvised explosive device.”
Contrary to the eight deaths announced on Thursday, Governor Ndima said the incident resulted in the deaths of six persons including army officers among them a lieutenant-colonel, a captain, three women, and a child.
“We are in the province and we have been facing jihadists and terrorists. The population should not be perturbed by this terror. We are on course to determine what it is,” he added.
A similar explosion was recorded on Dec. 25, 2021 in a bar-restaurant in the centre of Beni town. The attack which was attributed to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) resulted in the deaths of eight persons while 10 other persons were wounded.
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