At least 39 people have been killed in the latest twin attacks in eastern DR Congo, Kivu security barometer has reported.
The security barometer stated that the attacks took place between Sunday May 30 and Monday May 31.
“At least 20 civilians were killed in the village of Boga, and at least 19 in the village of Tchabi (territory of Irumu, Ituri) in the night from yesterday to today. Among the victims of the attack on Tchabi is the wife of the chief of the chiefdom of Banyali-Tchabi,” the barometer stated.
Au moins 20 civils ont été tués au village de #Boga et au moins 19 au village de #Tchabi (territoire d'#Irumu, #Ituri) dans la nuit d'hier à aujourd'hui. Parmi les victimes de l'attaque de Tchabi se trouve la femme du chef de la chefferie de Banyali-Tchabi. #RDC pic.twitter.com/FeG2q3Ru67
— Baromètre sécuritaire du Kivu (@KivuSecurity) May 31, 2021
The two villages are located about 10 kilometres (six miles) apart on the border between North Kivu province and Ituri, an area that has long had a reputation for ADF attacks and ethnic friction.
DRC President Felix Tshisekedi on May 6 proclaimed a 30-day “state of siege” in North Kivu and Ituri in a bid to curb bloodshed by the ADF.
Under the move, military and police officers have taken over from civilian authorities.