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More DRC Militia Deaths

FILE: Militiamen, including alleged children, of the armed group URDPC/CODECO from the Lendu community stand guard during a meeting taking place in the village of Wadda, Ituri Province, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on September 19, 2020.

Militiamen killed 12 people in a night raid on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo near the shore of Lake Albert, a local human rights group said on Tuesday.

Democratic Republic of Congo military officials and the rights group say CODECO, one of many militias operating in Congo's conflict-ridden east, is responsible for the attack.

"We have been alerted that CODECO militiamen killed people again in the Bahema-Nord chiefdom. Our forces are on the ground pursuing the enemy," said Jules Ngongo, Congolese army spokesman for Ituri province. He did not give a death toll.

The provisional toll is 12 dead and two injured, said Dieudonne Lossa, president of the Ituri province civil society chapter, which monitors killings, provided a provision death toll of 12, with two others injured.

In the worst attack so far this year, CODECO killed around 60 people at a displaced persons camp in February

Congo's government declared martial law in Ituri and neighboring North Kivu province more than a year ago in an effort to quell the violence, but deadly raids have surged since then.