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Congo militia kill 14 in Ituri region

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A former site for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near Kalemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was burned down when it was attacked by a militia group in early July

By
AFP

Fourteen
civilians were killed and four were wounded on Wednesday in a militia attack on
a village in the north eastern Ituri region of the DR Congo, which has been hit
by months of violence.

In
June, 160 people were killed in the region and more than 300,000 people fled
the violence caused by local militia, according to official figures.

“We
counted 14 civilian bodies and the four wounded were taken to hospital”
after the attack on the village of Ngaddu, Desire Malo, a local society leader,
told AFP.

The
regional administrator of the Djugu territory confirmed the death toll, saying:
“We hope that the army will take all precautions to protect the
population.”

The
spokesman for the regional army, Jules Tshikudi, said it was “pursuing the
attackers” and that it “deplores the death of innocent
civilians”.

In
late 2017 and early 2018, the Djugu territory in Ituri was rocked by
inter-communal violence, resulting in dozens of deaths and thousands fleeing
across the border into Uganda. 

Authorities
and communities have been reluctant to talk about a revival of a communal
conflict between Lendu farmers and Hema breeders which killed tens of thousands
of people between 1999 and 2003 in Ituri.

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