Over 45 per cent of villagers in Komanda, Irumu territory of Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo have abandoned the town following incessant attacks by fighters of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
The latest attack was on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Mangiva village seven kilometres from Komanda and it came on the heels of an earlier attack on Sunday, Sept. 26, on Makayanga.
According to local sources, heavy arms detonations were heard for several hours between Mangiva and Komanda forcing the national army to launch search and destroy missions in the region which has seen repeated attacks within the past several days.
The army has, however, been carrying out campaigns to reassure the populations of their security.
“The population should be calm because the situation is under the control of the armed forces of the DR Congo,” Colonel Siro Nsimba, the military administrator of Irumu territory, declared on Wednesday, Sept. 29, adding that the displaced persons should “return to their villages because their security is being taken care of by the army.”
Several persons have been displaced from Komanda since last week’s attack by ADF rebels resulting in the deaths of not less than four persons and the burning down of thirty houses.
“We can estimate at 45 per cent, the number of persons who have already quit Komanda. People are going to Mambasa, to Bunia and to North Kivu. Urgent measures are necessary in order to avoid the worst scenarios,” a social society activist in Komanda told HumAngle.
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