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Tragic Bomb Blast Claims Nine Lives in Eastern DR Congo

Explosive Device Detonates, Leaving 9 Dead and 16 Injured in Democratic Republic of Congo

Tragedy struck in the conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo as an explosive device accidentally detonated in a field. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday evening in Lubwe Sud, Rutshuru territory, North Kivu province, resulted in the deaths of at least nine people and left 16 others injured.

According to local sources, a civilian discovered the bomb in the field and handed it over to a militiaman, unaware of the danger it posed. Tragically, the bomb exploded soon after, claiming the lives of nine people and causing injuries to 16 others, some of whom are in critical condition. Confirmation of the death toll was provided by a nurse at a nearby clinic, where two victims died on the spot and seven succumbed to their wounds.

It is important to note that AFP was unable to independently verify the reported death toll.

Armed Groups and the Ongoing Crisis

The Democratic Republic of Congo has long been plagued by armed groups, a consequence of regional wars that erupted in the 1990s and 2000s. Among these groups is the M23, which recently resurfaced after years of dormancy and has since gained control over vast areas in North Kivu, leading to renewed violence and displacement.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over one million people have been displaced as a result of the M23’s activities, exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in the region.

However, it is worth mentioning that independent UN experts, the Congolese government, and several Western nations, including the United States and France, have accused Rwanda of actively supporting the M23, despite Kigali’s denials.

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