A convoy of the international organization of doctors without borders (MSF) fell, on the afternoon of Thursday, October 28, in an armed ambush by assailants identified with elements of the CODECO faction. This attack, targeting humanitarian workers, took place in the locality of Boku located between Kobu and Bambou, in the territory of Djugu, in the province of Ituri.
According to our sources in the region, the victims, exclusively MSF personnel, were returning from Itendey hospital in Bunia, capital of the province, aboard a vehicle, before falling into this ambush. 5 MSF staff were hit by gunfire. 2 members of this team were injured and transported to the nearest hospital before being evacuated from the area in stable condition.
MSF, which said it was shocked by these barbaric events, vigorously condemns all forms of hindrance and violence against medical aid.
“Our top priority is to get our colleagues safe and take care of their health, but we are all shocked by this event. We do not know why these shots targeted our vehicle, whose identifiers and emblems were nevertheless exposed ”, we read on the MSF Twitter account.
And to indicate: “Medical vehicles must allow health personnel to assist patients in a safe and secure environment. We condemn all forms of obstruction & violence against medical personnel, our patients & members of our staff ”.
In addition, the head of the Banyali-Kilo sector, Innocent Matukadala, stressed that the two victims, MSF staff, would be a white expatriate and a driver who were shot dead. They were taken to Nizi hospital, near Bunia, for first aid.
The army has not yet commented on this attack. Contacted by POLITICO.CD, Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, spokesperson for loyalist forces based in Ituri has not yet reacted to this effect.