Worshippers Die In Rebel Attack On Church In DR Congo

FARDC soldiers who arrived at the scene of the attack, only came after the worshippers had been killed in the church, with several other wounded.

Eleven worshippers attending a church service in Kokonyange village, in the Baboa-Bokoe chiefdom of Irumu territory in Ituri province, Democratic Republic of Congo, were killed during an attack by rebels of the Force Patriotique et Integrationniste du Congo (FPIC).  

The attack occurred on the evening of Saturday Jan. 15, about 10 km to the north of Bunia on the national highway number 27, said Lemi Zorabo, chief of Kokonyange village.

Lemi said 10 others were wounded by the rebels, adding that the army arrived late when the rebels had already finished with the attack and left.

“It is with much regret that I talk to you here now. These criminals came and massacred people right in front of us here as they worshipped,” Jean Baptiste Nobirabo, Pastor of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement of Soleniama sector which is near the attacked church said.

“Ten persons were killed on the spot while most of the other Christians escaped in different directions.” 

HumAngle was informed that the eleventh person died in hospital on Monday, Jan. 17.

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