At least 16 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed in an attack on Tuesday evening by suspected members of the Congo Development Cooperation (CODECO) militia in Ituri province in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The attack was carried out against the village of Moussa, which is located in the Djugu area – one of the hardest hit by the increase in attacks by this group in recent months – as the area manager, Juga Tsele Crillo.
“CODECO militiamen made a night attack. They surprised the population and killed 16 people, most of them women and children under the age of five,” he said before adding, “they also stole goats,” as reported. Congolese news portal Actualité.
He also regretted that there is “no military” in the area and noted that “it is a village that is somewhat isolated”. “We urge security agencies to deploy military personnel in the region to protect the population and their property,” he said.