Three Chinese nationals killed in Congo mine attack


Three Chinese nationals were reportedly killed in a gun attack in a mining area in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

According to the local media, citing the Chinese embassy in DRC, the attack took place on Saturday in the northeastern province of Ituri, which borders Uganda and South Sudan.

The name of the mine or the company operating it was however not mentioned.

The Chinese embassy has asked the Congolese government to “take effective measures to protect the lives and property of Chinese citizens” in the DRC, as well as to expedite an investigation into the killings, state media reports, adding that the embassy had repeatedly advised Chinese citizens against travel to Ituri due to the presence of armed groups.

Last year, Canadian gold miner Banro, which owns mines in Maniema, a DRC province south of Ituri, suspended operations last year after several of its mines were overrun by armed rebels.

Congo is the world’s biggest producer of mined cobalt – a key ingredient in batteries for electric vehicles – and one of Africa’s biggest copper producers.

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