Around 80 people are feared missing in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after suspected Islamist militants ambushed a convoy on Wednesday and set fire to 16 vehicles, a local parliamentarian said.
Some 100 vehicles were traveling in a convoy with army protection on the road between the cities of Beni and Butembo when they came under fire, survivors said.
“The gunfire started near the village of Ofaye. Some vehicles were hit and then burned,” one of the survivors, Malanda Dague, told Reuters. He said a friend of his was missing.
Jean-Paul Ngahangondi, a member of the parliament in North Kivu Province, where the convoy started before crossing into Ituri province, said about 80 people were believed to be missing.