MADRID, 28 (EUROPA PRESS)
At least five civilians were killed on Monday in a new attack carried out by suspected members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia in the Ituri province, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Basiloko Toko Jean, president of the civil society of the Banyali Kilo sector, in the Djugu territory, has indicated that the assailants broke into a mining area and looted the property of the population.
“The inhabitants fled in disarray into the forest,” he said, in statements given to the Congolese news portal Actualité. Other sources have indicated that four people were injured in the attack.
CODECO, which has reduced its attacks in recent months following a process of contacts with the authorities, is predominantly made up of members of the Lendu community, following the increase in assaults since June 2019 and inter-community clashes between the Lendu and the Hema in Ituri.
These incidents brought to mind the conflict between the Hema and the Lendu between 1999 and 2007 over grazing rights and political representation, which left nearly 50,000 dead, in an area shaken by the operations of various armed groups.