Bunia – Fourteen civilians were killed in an attack on a displaced persons’ camp in Ituri province in conflict-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
The attack occurred on Monday, according to the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), a respected monitor of violence in the region.
It added that it suspected militants from an ethnic armed group called CODECO to be behind the attack.
CODECO – the name for the Cooperative for the Development of the Congo – is a political-religious sect that claims to represent the interests of the Lendu ethnic group.
It is considered one of the deadliest militias operating in the east of the country, blamed for a number of ethnic massacres in Ituri.
Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu province have been governed by the security forces since May last year in a bid to stem attacks, but massacres have continued.