KINSHASA, DRC — Politicians of the Democratic Republic of Congo have extended martial law in eastern parts of the country for fifteen days following escalating violence in the country.
The extension comes a month after military administrations took charge in North Kivu and Ituri provinces thus displacing civilian authorities.
In the last two years the Eastern regions of DRC which are rich in minerals, have experienced escalated violence.
In early May, government imposed a state of siege with the hopes of ending killings in the country. According to Justice Minister Rose Mutombo, numerous militia fighters had surrendered and the army had seized control of new areas.
Much remains to be done, and the recent volcanic eruption of Nyiragongo, which occurred in the middle of a state of siege, has forced the government to concentrate its efforts in dealing with this natural disaster,” Mutombo said.
Mt. Nyiragongo erupted on May,22 leaving 31 people dead and thousands displaced after they were forced to flee from their homes.
On Monday, at least 55 people were killed and others wounded following attacks by rebels who targeted camps hosting internally displaced people in Boga, Ituri and Tchabi.
Suspected members of the Allied Democratic Movement (ADF) are said to have carried out the attack.
State of siege imposed in these areas have proven futile since these attacks continue to happen.
Mungwalu district mayor Jean-Pierre Pikilisende said that a local group called Patriotic Force and Integrationist of Congo (FPIC) killed 11 miners in Djugu, north eastern province of Ituri.
Kivu Security tracker (KST), an NGO that monitors violence in DRC said 12 people were executed.