No fewer than 22 people have been killed on Sunday in a rebel attack in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO) carried out the attack on the Ivo displaced people’s camp in Ituri state, local media reported.
Members of the armed group opened fire on the asylum seekers and many people fled the camp.
This new attack comes after a week when the same camp was attacked killing 29 civilians.
The President of the country, Felix Tshisekedi declared a military siege in the states of North Kivu and Ituri on May 7, 2021 to fight armed groups including CODECO and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
As part of the siege, civilian officials of the region were dismissed and replaced by military officials.
Meanwhile, Armed groups have been trying to control gold, cobalt, and other mines in the region for nearly 20 years through attacks and clashes in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which borders Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi.