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Rebels attack a gold mine in eastern Congo, killing at least 12 people

Rebels attack a gold mine in eastern Congo, killing at least 12 people

Kofi Dekye Acquaye 5 months ago 0

At least twelve people have been killed and sixteen more have been kidnapped by rebels at a mining site in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a civil society organization’s report on Thursday.

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According to Vital Tungulo, director of Mabendi, a local rights organization, rebels from the CODECO armed group attacked a gold mine near the Djugu district of Ituri province on Wednesday.

Primarily composed of Lendu ethnic farming coimmunity members, CODECO is an unofficial association of militia groups. 14 people were killed when its fighters attacked a village in the province of Ituri in September.

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Military commander Yves Kadjena voiced his displeasure on Thursday, saying the attack let him down. This was especially true given that CODECO and other militias had signed a peace treaty at the end of January, committing to end hostilities and free the hostages.

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According to Commander Kadjena, the army was taking action to stop the violence.

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