At least five civilians, including three children, were beheaded on Thursday in a new attack by the Congolese Development Cooperative’s (CODECO) militia in the area of Djugu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), scene of dozens of attacks by this group in recent months .
Local civil society sources have reported extensively that militiamen broke into the village of Lodha and beheaded five civilians. They also seriously injured two people and set fire to almost 50 houses, according to the Congolese news portal Actualité.
“The military came a little late to intervene,” said Charité Banza from civil society. The attacked city welcomes internally displaced people who have entered the area due to violence in other areas of Djugu territory.
In this spirit, he regretted the “umpteenth attack” by CODECO in the region and called on the authorities to “strengthen the armed forces in the region in order to provide security for this peaceful population”. “Don’t be fooled in Kinshasa to keep this militia under control as the attacks continue,” he warned.