September 19, 2021

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At least 50 people have been killed in two attacks in the northeast of the country

The number is rising in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A new report from the Kivu Defense Barometer (or KST, Kivu Security Tracker) says 50 people were killed in attacks on two villages in the northeast of the country between Sunday 30 and Monday, May 31. These experts identified 28 civilians and 22 civilians in Boga Two villages in the Irumu region, in the province of Ituri, in Tachabi.

According to these sources, the attackers targeted the base of the displaced in Rubingko, not far from the center of Boga, indicating that the bodies are still unidentified. The KST has announced that the wife of the leader of the Panyali-Thapi leader was among the victims of the attack on Tachabi.

A local civil society official was blamed for the killings by Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels. However, the region is marked by strong animosities between ethnic groups. According to two local officials quoted by Agency France-Press, “It is difficult for the ADF to blame these attacks.” Other ethnic conflicts develop in the region, especially between Niali and Panyapvisha. The latter are Congolese huts with Rwandan origins.

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“Terrorist group”

The ADF is believed to be active in the two villages affected, about ten kilometers away, on the border with Uganda, on the border between North Kivu and Iduri. According to these two officials, the attacked Rubingo IDP site belongs to Niall, while another site, 400 meters away, is mostly occupied by Banyapvisha; It feeds speculation about the identity of the attackers internally. The army confirmed the attacks without further details.

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A golden province on the border of Uganda and South Sudan has long been a region plagued by violence and carnage for the past three decades. Between 1999 and 2003, tens of thousands of people were killed in a social conflict. In 2003, members of the Lendu and Hema communities killed each other by militants until the intervention of the European force Artemis under French command.

After a few years of calm, the province resumed violence from December 2017, but further north, in the Juku region, before affecting the wetlands, Mahaki and Aru in the east of the province.

More than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands more displaced, most of the violence blamed on members of the Mai Mai group, the Congolese Development Cooperation (KOTECO). Kodeko, who is divided into several rival factions today, says he defends Lentu’s interests.

According to the ADF, they have increased their deadly attacks in the south of North Kivu province in recent months, but the boats are also due in Iduri and areas along the border with North Kivu. Originally Ugandan Muslim insurgents have been established in the DRC since 1995, they are rooted in the ADF, the deadliest of the 122 armed groups identified by the KST in eastern Congo. On March 11, the United States launched the ADF “Terrorist groups” Associated with the jihadists of the Islamic State system.

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World with AFP