Armed Rebels Kill 15 in Second Attack on Rival Tribe in Eastern DR Congo

Armed rebels belonging to the CODECO militia have carried out a second attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri province, resulting in the deaths of 15 individuals. The victims, primarily from the rival Hema tribe, were ambushed near the village of Tali as they traveled along a road. Reports indicate that the assailants tied up and undressed their captives before brutally killing them. Some victims were found with signs of torture, including throat cuts and gunshot wounds.

Jules Tsuba, a civil society leader in Djugu, confirmed the details of the attack, emphasizing that it occurred after a period of relative peace. Ruphin Mapela, the territory’s administrator, also verified the death toll and expressed concern over the sudden escalation of violence. CODECO, which claims to defend the interests of the Lendu ethnic group, was among the armed groups that signed a peace deal last year. However, the recent attacks have raised doubts about the effectiveness of the agreement.

The United Nations has identified approximately 120 armed groups operating in eastern DR Congo, contributing to the region’s ongoing instability. Efforts to curb violence have led to the deployment of South African troops as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission. Ituri, known for its gold reserves, has a history of conflict between ethnic-based militias, resulting in thousands of deaths between 1999 and 2003.

The M23 rebel group, accused of receiving military support from neighboring Rwanda, has been blamed for recent attacks in the region. While experts from the United Nations and the European Union have found evidence supporting these allegations, Rwanda denies any involvement. Concerns have been raised that M23 may be planning an assault on Goma, a city it previously seized a decade ago.

Author: CrimeDoor

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