By Spy Uganda
At least 20 people have been killed this week in an attack in western DR Congo, local officials said Wednesday, where violence has been raging for months.
The massacre comes at a time when DRC is sharing bad blood with Rwanda which it accuses of fueling insecurity through sponsoring M23 rebels something Rwanda denies.
The massacre occurred in the village of Boku, in Kwamouth, a region of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mai-Ndombe province, which has seen fighting between the Yaka and Teke people since June.
On Monday, unidentified assailants armed with rifles attacked the Teke village, according to Nkete Mboma Butu, a civil-society representative in Kwamouth.
Twenty people died the attack, he said.
“The inhabitants defended themselves with machetes,” Butu added. “There were dead on both sides.”
Provincial deputy Moise Makami Muzik put the number of dead at 35, however, telling local reporters on Tuesday that the government in the capital in Kinshasa was indifferent to the conflict.
The conflict has left more than 180 people dead, the DRC government said last month. The UN says tens of thousands have been displaced.
Sixteen people were also killed in an attack in Mai-Ndombe last week.
Fighting originally erupted following a dispute over taxes and land, according to officials in the province.