According to local sources, 12 people were killed, including five children, in a community in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo by alleged militiamen who skipped recent peace talks.
Following the nocturnal atrocities, Joseph Lotoma, the head of the Walendu Watsi village, claimed that some citizens had been burned alive in their homes while others had been hacked to death with machetes.
According to him, five children, three women, and four men's remains were discovered in the morning.
According to Jean-Marie Ndjaza, a spokesman for the Lendu people, the majority of the dead belonged to the Lendu ethnic group.
According to Lotoma, "the perpetrators of this atrocity are not the Codeco," a militia that claims to speak for the Lendu ethnic group and is responsible for a large number of recent civilian killings in the area.
Investigations were ongoing, he added, but it was thought that "Zaire," a rival militia that describes itself as a Hema ethnic minority self-defense group, was to blame.
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