Suspected militiamen attacked a camp for displaced people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing dozens of people, according to local sources and a monitoring group.
The overnight assault took place in the DRC’s restive Ituri province, which has been under a state of siege since May 2021, an exceptional measure taken by the government to tackle armed groups roaming the east of the country, rich in minerals.
“At least 40 civilians were killed with bladed weapons last night in Plaine Savo” in Djugu territory, the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), which monitors violence in the region, said on Twitter on Wednesday.
Reuters news agency, citing the head of a local aid group and a witness, said the death toll was at least 60.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but KST said fighters from the armed group Cooperative for the Development of Congo, known as CODECO, were suspected of being behind the raid.