At least forty-two Congolese militiamen and two soldiers have died in clashes in Ituri province, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The attack was reportedly triggered by armed elements of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo.
While a new attack by armed men was repelled on Wednesday, the Congolese authorities announced that 42 militiamen and two Congolese soldiers lost their lives during clashes between the army of this Central African country and militiamen. The latter are said to be members of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO).
« The provisional toll is 42 CODECO militiamen killed, 2 soldiers killed and 4 others wounded, evacuated by the United Nations mission in Congo (MONUSCO), » said the Kivu security research barometer, led by the American NGO Human Rights Watch and the Congo Study Group (CSG), adding that the clashes took place in the province of Ituri, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
According to the research project, whose main task is to document all violence in eastern DRC, where the UN has identified more than 100 armed groups still active, the clashes took place in the vicinity of the town of Fataki, in the territory of Djugu. The project added that the rebel assault on Wednesday morning was the fifth clash in five days.