8 children among 9 killed in attack in east DR Congo
Nine bodies are discovered in the aftermath of the violence in the village of Azimini in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nine people, including eight children, were killed by armed men who torched dozens of houses in an attack in eastern DR Congo, local sources said on Tuesday.
The attack occurred in the village of Azimini in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province on Monday afternoon, according to Jeremie Upio Ndjaba, the head of a local civil-society group.
He told AFP that the bodies were discovered the following morning in the aftermath of the attack, including those of eight children who had been hacked to death, and of one elderly woman who'd been shot.
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Ndjaba added that three people were also gravely wounded in the attack and two more are missing, adding that the militants had also torched over 100 homes and stolen livestock.
He blamed the Zaire militia, which defines itself as a self-defense group for the Hema ethnic group.
Upon telephone interviews conducted by AFP from Ituri's capital Buna, the victims of the attack were revealed to be members of the Lendu ethnic group.