Drunk Soldier Lynched After Killing Eight People

Written By Mary Mumbua  📝

An intoxicated Congolese soldier gunned down eight people and injured seven others in the volatile eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.

According to South-Kivu province’s Fizi territory administrator Aime Kawaya Mutipula, the fifteen passengers were aboard a boat on Lake Tanganyika, with men, women, and children among the victims.

“Among the victims, all of them civilians, are men, women, and children,” he said.

Local army spokesman Marc Elongo said the soldier, Lukusa Kabamba, was then “lynched” by angry residents before he could be arrested and died from his injuries.

Local civil society group coordinator Andre Byadunia had earlier said the soldier had been “locked up” and urged “the authorities to put him on trial and sentence him”.

The eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been wracked by violence linked to numerous armed groups for the last 25 years.

The government has put Kivu under a “state of siege” since last May, but security forces have failed to restore peace.

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