Angry protesters on Tuesday stormed UN facilities in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC to show their grievance against an attack by armed group that killed eight civilians.
Protesters in Beni, a town in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), stormed UN peacekeeping buildings and set fire to the town hall on Monday.
Demonstrators then marched to the offices of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO), said Teddy Kataliko, a civil society leader in Beni.
“Several offices at the MONUSCO headquarters were set on fire and looted,” Kataliko said. “Residents are demanding the withdrawal of MONUSCO from Beni because of the inaction of UN forces.”
On Sunday night, eight people were killed in an attack by armed fighters in the northeastern city of Beni.
The rebels on Sunday also kidnapped nine people in Beni, according to local civil society leader Kizito Bin Hangi.
Police said protesters had earlier stormed the mayor’s office in response to the overnight attack.
At least two people were killed by gunshots during the protest, according to Safari Kazingufu, Beni police commander.
More than 60 civilians are reported to have been killed in a period of ten days in Beni territory by the rebel group, according to local civil society group.
According to the Human Rights Watch report released earlier this year, over the past five years, more than 1,500 people have been killed by rebels in the area.