At least 15 killed in DR Congo violence

At least 15 people have died in separate attacks by armed groups in DR Congo's troubled northeastern province of Ituri, local sources and monitors said on Monday.

A militia group called the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) ransacked the village of Mabanga in Djugu territory on Sunday, "killing six people, including four women," Ngandjole Assani, a representative of local grassroots groups, told AFP.

In Irumu territory farther south, members of CODECO and a group called the Patriotic and Integrationist Force of the Congo (FPIC) attacked the village of Kokonyangi on the same day, a local chief said. "Eleven bodies were found and 10 other civilians were injured," said Jonas Lemi Zorabo, a traditional leader in the Babao-Bokoe area.

A U.S.-headquartered monitoring group, the Kivu Security Tracker, said nine people died in Kokonyangi. 

Source(s): AFP

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