UN envoy condemns murder of six family members in Mutarule in DR Congo

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SRSG Martin Kobler (in white), the head of the UN Mission in the DRCongo (MONUSCO) Credit: UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The killing of six people in Mutarule, South Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, has been strongly condemned by the top United Nations envoy in the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Mission in the DRCongo (MONUSCO) described the attack against six members of the same family as a crime.

He said MONUSCO forces have immediately been placed on alert and are working with the Congolese security forces to locate the assailants in order to bring them to justice.

Mr. Kobler added that the Mission has increased its patrols to better protect the population.

The UN envoy stressed that ensuring peace is primarily in the hands of the Congolese and called on the inhabitants of the Ruzizi plain to be calm and to exercise restraint to avoid an escalation.

There have been reports of conflicts between the Barundi and Bafuliru ethnic communities in the region over the control of land for farming and grazing

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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