Gunmen attack in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo kills 11

A gunmen attack in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 11 people including military and local officials.

Adel Alingi Mokuba, Djugu Territorial Administrator, said that two vehicles coming from Bunia, the capital of Ituri province, were attacked on July 4 at the village of Matete.

Ituri Governor, Jean Bamanisa said, the convoy was carrying “a former provincial deputy, an accountant, police officers and civilians who were savagely massacred”.

Adel Alingi Mokuba said, “The death toll is 11, including the Deputy Territorial Administrator in charge of economy and finance, three policemen and four soldiers.”

The ambush has been attributed to an ethnic militia called CODECO, the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo, that has been accused of a string of massacres in recent times.

The European Union Ambassador to DR Congo, Jean-Marc Chataigner, condemned attacks in Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu on Twitter, calling for support of the army and the UN mission deployed in DR Congo, MONUSCO, “to prevent (militias) from doing harm”.

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