In this file photo taken on December 14, 2021 Brigadier General Mputela Nkolito Bertin (C), Commander of the Operational Sector Sukola 1 Grand Nord, discusses operational strategies at the Operational Headquarters set up near Semuliki in the Virunga National Park. AFP
Seven adults and seven children, including a two-year-old, were all killed in the machete attack Saturday in the Ituri region, according to a Red Cross list seen by AFP.
Jean D'Zba Banju, a community leader in the Djugu area of Ituri, said CODECO militiamen entered Drakpa where they killed 12 people with machetes.
"CODECO militiamen entered Drakpa and started to cut people with machetes. They did not fire shots in order to operate calmly," Banju told AFP.
"The victims are displaced people who had fled Ngotshi village to set up in Drakpa," he said, adding that five other people were wounded.
CODECO is a political-religious sect that claims to represent the interests of the Lendu ethnic group.