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Protests as 11 People are Killed in South Kivu

As a result, angry residents took to the streets on Friday calling for the immediate resignation of the security authorities for alleged failure to protect citizens and their property.
Hundreds of residents of Mutarule town in South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo took to the streets on Friday to protest insecurity in their area. The protest was prompted by the shooting of 11 people by unidentified gunmen. The gunmen are said to have attacked the town in the night of 15th August 2013 Killing 11 people and injuring five others.

They also set ablaze two houses before fleeing into hiding. Seven residents are missing after the attack. As a result, angry residents took to the streets on Friday calling for the immediate resignation of the security authorities for alleged failure to protect citizens and their property. They led a procession along Mutarule-Katekama road, about 40 km from North of Uvira city with the bodies of the gunshot victims including three men, a Woman and children.

The protesters also erected barricades on major roads in the town. However, the Congolese authorities responded by deploying police and soldiers to quell the protest. Soldiers shot in the air to disperse the protesters forcing them to flee to safety. Colonel Patrick Opya, the 104th operational sector commander says the army has already initiated investigations into the attacks and called for Calm amongst residents.

 

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