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7 Civilians Killed in Armed Conflict Near Lake Albert, DRC

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Seven civilians lost their lives in a tragic clash between the rebels of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) and the Zaire self-defense militia on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. This violent confrontation occurred in the village of Mbogi near Lake Albert in the territory of Djugu, Ituri.

The Ankole Times received this distressing news from the loyalist army’s spokesperson in the Ituri province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lieutenant Jules Ngongo Tshikudi. Lieutenant Tshikudi underscored the commitment of the DRC police to vigorously pursue all illegal weapon holders in response to this incident.

Expressing profound sorrow over the loss of innocent lives, Lieutenant Tshikudi stressed the urgent need for peace. He identified the M23, backed by the Kagame regime, as a common enemy and declared that the army would relentlessly track down anyone possessing illegal weapons.

” We still deplore this case which has just caused the death of 7 civilians who were going to serve this nation loyally but whose lives were taken by people who hold weapons illegally, the time has come for peace. We all know that

“The common enemy towards which our eyes are focused is the M23 supported by the Kagame regime. Thus, any illegal weapon holder will be hunted down by the army ,” said the communications boss of the army in the provinces. of Ituri during this period under state of siege.

The primary cause of the conflict between the two armed groups appears to be a dispute over the exploitation of a newly discovered mining site, as confirmed by reliable sources.

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The territory of Djugu , a town in the Ituri Province DRC remains among the most threatened by attacks by elements of the CODECO militia since the beginning of the current year. 15 people killed by these militiamen were buried last week by the provincial government near the town of Bunia, capital of Ituri province.

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