39 killed in two attacks in eastern DR Congo

Thirty nine killed in two attacks in eastern DR Congo Source: Kivu Security Barometer

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.

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.