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Irate Crowd Lynches Police Officer For Killing Civilian In DR Congo

An angry crowd on Saturday, April 2 lynched a police officer in the village of Lumbishi, a locality in Loa Numbi, South Kivu, after he shot a civilian dead.

An angry crowd on Saturday, April 2 lynched a police officer in the village of Lumbishi, a locality in Loa Numbi, South Kivu, after he shot a civilian dead.

“The problem started when the police officer tried to seize a stick from the victim who refused to allow the police officer to do so,” an eyewitness told HumAngle. “The police officer who felt disrespected shot the civilian who dropped dead on the spot.”

The police officer who was identified as Lwaboshi based in Lumbishi while the dead civilian was identified as Felix Byunva. 

Locals said the action of Lwaboshi provoked anger in the village throughout the afternoon of Saturday following which he was tracked down and lynched.

“Not satisfied with killing the police officer, the angry crowd invaded the police station and razed it down,” said Shasha Rubenga, a member of the network for protection and defense of human rights in Kalehe territory.

“A policeman named Lwaboshi, popularly known as Le Blanc, shot at an inhabitant called Felix after a hot exchange of words between the two and death followed afterwards,” said Chance Lushule, a militant of the citizen movement based in Minova.

“The death of Felix made the population to rise up in revolt and eventually beat Lwaboshi to death.”

“The situation created a killer psychosis in Lumbishi leading to the burning down of the police station and the residence of the local government administrator.”

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