BUNIA, DR Congo: At the least 19 folks have been killed when gunmen attacked a fish market in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo close to Lake Albert, native officers mentioned on Sunday.
No group has claimed duty, however the area round Ituri province has been hit up to now by intercommunal violence between militias from the Hema and Lendu communities.
“Nineteen corpses have been discovered within the village of Tara on the sting of Lake Albert, and eight others have been wounded,” mentioned Pilo Mulindo, a area people chief in Djugu territory.
“The assault occurred on Wednesday when armed bandits attacked a gaggle gathered on the seashore to arrange a market,” the official mentioned.
The UN mission to the DRCongo, identified by its initials MONUSCO, reported the assault on Friday with out giving a exact demise toll. It deliberate to ship a workforce to the realm.
The victims have been fishermen and their clients, Mulindo mentioned. The world is named a area the place Lendu militia are lively.
Violence shook Ituri province, significantly Djugu, final yr when militias from Hema herder communities and Lendu farmers clashed and killed greater than 100 folks.
Greater than 300,000 have been displaced or pressured to flee to Uganda, on the opposite aspect of Lake Albert.
Lakes within the area are additionally a reason behind rigidity between DRCongo and Uganda, with claims of Congolese militia members crossing to the Ugandan aspect for unlawful fishing, usually accompanied by assaults on locals.—AFP