Soldier Allegedly Kills Civilians In Oicha, DR Congo

The ‘rogue’ soldier attacked the deceased in their house on Sunday night in Tenambo, DR Congo.

A man and a woman were killed by a soldier in Bakila-Tenambo village, situated two kilometres to the north of Oicha, in Beni territory of North Kivu. 

Two other persons were seriously wounded in the attack on  Sunday, Jan. 16.

Sources close to the governor’s delegate in Oicha reveal that the attacker was a rogue soldier who attacked the victims in their house.

A local source said “the incident took place at 8pm Sunday evening when the attacker, identified as a soldier, burst into a house in Tenambo unannounced.” 

He shot at a housewife who died on the spot, the source said.

“A young man who was seriously wounded by a bullet eventually died in the Oicha general hospital. In the confusion, two other persons were hit by bullets,” he added.

“The soldier fired several shots into the air after the incident to make way for him to escape. He has not yet been found and it is already Monday morning here in Oicha,” said Nicolas Kikuku, the governor’s delegate in Oicha.

There is palpable tension in Oicha, Monday morning, following the killings. Angry youths have mounted roadblocks on the number four national highway to the north of Oicha around the National Road Office checkpoint while human and vehicular movements were affected.

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