Borrell conveys the EU’s condemnation of the attacks and calls for “firmness” against the perpetrators and “justice” for the victims
MADRID, 29 (EUROPA PRESS)
At least 25 civilians have died this weekend in attacks by suspected members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) militia in the towns of Djugu and Mahagi, located in the province of Ituri, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (DRC).
In Djugu, the outlaws have attacked a camp for displaced persons, leaving behind a toll of at least 20 deaths, as detailed by the leader of the Bahema Norte district, Willy Pilo Mulindro.
Mulindro has detailed that the attackers arrived at the place around 7:00 a.m. (local time) carrying machetes and firearms with which they ended the lives of civilians, according to the 7sud7 portal.
On the other hand, in Mahagi, on the border with Djugu, alleged militiamen from the same group have murdered five people on Saturday night, according to the spokesman for the city’s civil society, Innocent Wabekudu Ukungo.
In recent weeks there has been an escalation of violence in the place and the deaths of at least 30 civilians have already been reported at the hands of alleged members of militias such as CODECO or Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
This is why the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, has transferred his condemnation to the “new and atrocious attacks” committed against civilians, especially “internally displaced persons in the DRC”.
“Firmness against the perpetrators and support and justice for the victims are necessary for lasting peace in the region,” Borrell said on his social networks.