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truckers demand more security after third attack near Beni

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                A three-day mourning was declared by the civil society of Beni following the attack which killed 6 people this Wednesday, March 24 on the Beni-Kasindi road, in the province of North Kivu.  It targeted vehicles carrying goods.  Faced with growing insecurity on this road, truckers have called for more protection.

                                    <p><span><span><span><em>With our correspondent in Kinshasa, </em><strong>Patient Ligodi</strong></span></span></span>

The attack was not claimed but was attributed to Ugandan-born ADF rebellion fighters. During the attack, which took place between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., two vehicles were targeted. One was returning from Kasindi, the border with Uganda and the other from the city of Beni. The vehicles were unloaded before being set on fire. Some occupants are charred and an injured survivor is currently being taken care of in hospital.

Following the attack, the drivers decided to suspend all activities on this axis to protest against the growing insecurity. For its part, local civil society accuses the army for intervening late. She says she does not understand how these armed men were not spotted after the attack took place in the morning.

It therefore requires credible investigations and asks in particular the commander of the military operation Sokola 1 to deploy a special device on this very busy section.

Third attack of the year

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It is the third attack of this type since the beginning of the year on this road axis. Always with the same operating mode: looted and charred vehicles. A total of 11 people including 4 drivers and their passengers lost their lives during these attacks.

A meeting between the association of drivers, civil society and the authorities is scheduled for this Sunday in Beni to assess the situation.

Read also: DRC: at least 22 dead in an attack in North Kivu

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