More than 40 people die in attack in the Democratic Republic of the Congo | News

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Around 41 people died this Monday in an attack by the rebel group Cooperative for the Development of Congo (Codeco) against a camp for displaced people in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reported Richard Dheda Kondo, president of the headquarters of Bahema Badjere, in the territory of Djugu, in the province of Ituri.


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Likewise, “there were seven injuries and several accommodations were set on fire, declared the official. On the other hand, he indicated that "for this massacre, white weapons (such as machetes) and firearms were used."

Codeco has assaulted that province on other occasions. In one of its deadliest attacks, it left at least 62 dead in the Plaine Savo camp in February 2022.

Furthermore, some parties have recently seen a serious escalation by this armed group, which represents the Lendu community and was formed in 2018 to fight against the Congolese Army.

After a decade of calm, the deadly conflict in Ituri between Hema and Lendu has resumed since late 2017, causing the deaths of thousands of civilians and the flight of more than 1.5 million people.

In mid-May, the head of the United Nations mission in the DRC (Monusco), Bintou Keita, warned that at least 518 civilians had died in Ituri at the hands of armed groups, especially Codeco, since December 2022.

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