According to a government spokeswoman, CODECO militia fighters stormed the community of Drodro on Sunday night. He said they killed 12 civilians, six of them were children, in the Djugu area in Ituri province. Hundreds of people have been killed and others have been forced to flee their homes as a result of repeated strikes since 2017. According to the United Nations, the Lendu agricultural community has long been at odds with Hema herders.
The Kivu Security Tracker, which tracks violence in the region, claimed it has confirmed 29 dead, down from 107 earlier estimates. At least 16,000 people fleeing the bombings took refuge at a neighboring facility guarded by UN peacekeepers, according to UN troops. Patrick Basa, a CODECO spokesman, denied that the organization had murdered civilians.