Head of State Félix Tshisekedi condemns the massacre of 35 Congolese in a gold mine in Ituri


Kinshasa, May 09th, 2022 (CPA).- Head of State Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo condemned via the twitter account of the Presidency of the Republic, the massacre on Sunday of 35 Congolese citizens in an artisanal gold mine called: « Camp Blankete », in Djugu in the province of Ituri, by the militiamen of the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO). The Head of State made this known from Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d’Ivoire, where he participated Monday in the opening of the Summit of Heads of State of the 15th United Nations Conference. (COP 15) on combating desertification and drought. « The President of the Republic firmly condemns this repugnant and heinous crime, he presents his most heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and reiterates his commitment to eradicating any insurgency movement on Congolese soil », he noted in his message. According to several concordant sources, the provisional assessment of this incursion reports about fifty deaths, several missing and other people taken hostage. The army has not yet given the results of the incursion of these militiamen who have bereaved and destroyed the province of Ituri since December 2017. According to the medical director of the general hospital of the rural commune of Mungwalu located 85 km from Bunia in the territory of Djugu, Dr Didier Pay, among the 19 wounded, that his establishment received, 4 succumbed to their injuries, 8 are in serious condition requiring their evacuation to other medical facilities, while 7 others can be treated locally.