Bloody month for crisis-torn DRC

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 150 people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo this month as the militancy spreads from the east to the rest of the country and assumes complicated dimensions.
Armed groups, security forces and tribal fanatics are all responsible for the incessant bloodshed.
While the worst toll remains the 100 people killed in Tshimbulu, over between February 9 and 13 during clashes between the Kamuina Nsapu militia and the government forces, armed groups and rival militant groups have claimed scores of lives.
Kinshasa, the capital of Africa’s third largest country of 75 million, has not been spared the clashes. , There, four people have been killedA following conflict between security forces and Bundu Dia Mayala elements.
Many provinces saw attacks by armed groups over the past few weeks.
In North Kivu, Mai Mai elements attacked Kikuku area, killing seven people and injuring five others.
In South Kivu, armed bandits killed four people at Twangiza mining sites in Mwenga territory while in Bukavu, unidentified assailants killed a mining operator.
Clashes between government forces and a coalition of Mai Mai in Tushunguti, Kalehe territory, resulted in the death of two people.
In Walungu territory, confrontations between two Mai Mai groups reportedly caused about a dozen deaths.
Meanwhile in Ituri, two military men have been killed during an armed attack.
In Walendu Bindi, militiamen have attacked a military station in Kaswara killing two soldiers.
Kasai Central experienced clashes between security forces and Bundu Dia Kongo elements, which has resulted in the death of 12 militants.
The strife coincides with the impasse in the dialogue among the political stakeholders related to the implementation modalities of theDecember 31 political agreement to resolve a crisis sparked by President Joseph Kabila clinging to power at the expiry of his term last year.
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