Thousands of residents in Rutshuru 150km Northwest of Goma city in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo have fled their homes following a deadly attack launched by armed men believed to be Maï-Maï Nyatura.
Sources indicate that fighter attacked Mutanda village on the night of Wednesday to Thursday 22 resulting in the death of one death and three injured.
According to local sources, the Maï-Maï militia reportedly acted in retaliation for the burning of houses belonging to families by young Hunde and Nande. This new attack raises again, the problem of the cohabitation between the local ethnic communities in the Bwito chieftaincy.
The tension was still visible Thursday morning.
On Wednesday evening, the FARDC reportedly intervened to repel these fighters after about 15 minutes of gunfire, according to local civil society.
For CEPADHO, a human rights NGO based in Beni, called for urgent restoration of the authority of the state in Bwito chiefdom, in order to avoid the escalation of ethnic tensions. Otherwise, all peace efforts by the government and MONUSCO in this area will be negated.
The NGO also urges community leaders to intensify messages of peace and to sensitize communities not to fall into the trap of armed groups, at the root of rising ethnic tensions in Rutshuru territory.