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Nine killed in strike on displacement camp in eastern Congo

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No fewer than nine people, including children were killed in a strike at a displacement camp in the eastern Congolese city of Goma, according to local official on Friday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Guillaume Njike Kaiko, a spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) army in the region, said the strike had come in retaliation for earlier DRC attacks on Rwandan army positions which he said had destroyed arms and ammunition. He gave no details about the attack on the camp.

Congo’s government spokesperson Patrick Muyaya, in a message on X, also blamed the Tutsi-led M23 for Friday’s attack.

An M23 leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, also writing on X, accused the Congolese authorities of deliberately attacking the camp in an attempt to “manipulate” the international community.

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