5 killed in at­tack on DRC min­is­ter’s con­voy

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BUKAVU — Five peo­ple were killed on Sun­day in an at­tack tar­get­ing the con­voy of a re­gional min­is­ter in Demo­cratic Republic of Congo’s restive South Kivu province, of­fi­cials said.

“Five peo­ple were killed in the at­tack against the con­voy of provin­cial in­te­rior min­is­ter Et­shiba Mboko,” said Agnes Sadiki, the eastern re­gion’s trans­port min­is­ter and gov­ern­ment spokesper­son.

Mboko — who was re­turn­ing from his brother’s funeral — was un­harmed but was “badly shaken” in the at­tack in the vil­lage of Pemba, as were four oth­ers trav­el­ling with the party, Sadiki said.

“It was on the way back that the ve­hi­cle was at­tacked by armed men who were al­ready at­tack­ing an­other ve­hi­cle,” she added.

“The two body­guards, who tried to shoot at the ban­dits, were killed,” she said. “Three other peo­ple in­clud­ing a woman — all of them close to the min­is­ter — were also killed in this at­tack.”

The at­tack took place as a UN del­e­ga­tion was vis­it­ing the neigh­bour­ing province of North Kivu.

Chron­i­cally unstable eastern DRC is fre­quently rocked by at­tacks com­mit­ted by armed groups and crim­i­nal gangs as well as eth­nic clashes.

The provinces of North and South Kivu in par­tic­u­lar have been rav­aged by vi­o­lence since the end of the 1998-2003 war in the DRC. — AFP

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