10 killed in attacks on two churches in the Democratic Republic of Congo

According to national media reports, on Sunday, the Alliance for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) militants attacked the churches of Cepac and Aumopro in Ituri.

Regional manager Ruphin Mapela and civil society leader Dieudonne Lossa said in a statement yesterday that terrorists opened fire on people praying in churches, killing 9 civilians and 1 soldier.

Stating that CODECO militias were behind the attacks, Lossa said that 4 terrorists were neutralized.

Ituri army spokesman Jules Ngongo Tshikudi also urged the public to remain calm, stating that army forces continue to work to neutralize the terrorists.

It is estimated that thousands of civilians have died since 2014 in rebel attacks operating in the east of the country.

The east of the KDC, where the border with Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi is located, has been the scene of attacks and clashes by armed groups who have been trying to control mines such as gold and cobalt for 20 years.

According to the United Nations (UN) aid agencies, about 3 million people became in need of help due to the CODECO raids. It is stated that the long duration of the attacks in Ituri province has deepened the humanitarian crisis.

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