Bomb blast kills at least 12 in refugee camp

In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a bomb explosion cost the lives of at least twelve people, including children, an army spokesperson reported on Friday, May 3. Congolese.

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According to Lieutenant-Colonel Ndjike Kaiko, army spokesperson, it was an attack on the Mugunga refugee camp., in North Kivu, which he attributed to a rebel group known as M23 with alleged links to neighboring Rwanda.

In response to the accusations, a military spokesman for the rebel group, Lt. Col. Willy Ngoma, denied any role and accused the army of planting the bomb as the M23 seized new territory this week , capturing the mining town of Rubaya.

This city is famous for its deposits of tantalum, which is extracted from coltan, a key component in the production of smartphones. It is one of the minerals cited earlier this month in a letter from the Congolese government questioning Apple about the technology company’s knowledge of the existence of “blood ores” smuggled into its supply chain.

The conflict in eastern DRC is causing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. In this region of the country, more than 100 armed groups are fighting for control of mines containing precious minerals.

Among them, many groups are indexed by human rights organizations for massacres, rapes and other violations. To date, around 7 million people have been left to their own devices due to insecurity in this region.

Source: Africanews

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