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A drunken soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DR Congo) troubled east opened fire on passers-by, killing at least 13 people including a two-year-old

By natasha01 • a week ago • 498 views • 160 comments


A drunken soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DR Congo) troubled east opened fire on passers-by, killing at least 13 people including a two-year-old girl and seven women, sources said on Friday.

The murders incensed locals who laid out the victims’ shrouded bodies.

Youths built a big fire nearby and a local leader vilified the army and demanded that its troops and a UN force stationed in the district pull out.

Shocked relatives of the victims drifted around as they tried to make sense of the tragedy. The incident happened late Thursday at Sange, in the territory of Uvira in South Kivu province, the sources said.

“The person responsible is a drunken member of the FARDC (DR Congo armed forces) who opened fire on at least 20 civilians who crossed his path,” a prosecutor in Uvira said.

Captain Dieudonne Kasereka, an army spokesman, said the soldier was “in a state of drunkenness and shot 13 people who died, and wounded nine others”. The gunman was still armed and on the run, Kasereka added.

“An army delegation and a UN team is in the area to calm the population, which is demonstrating against the army,” he said.

Angry residents blocked Highway 5 which runs through the area, using branches, rocks and burning tyres.

They also displayed the 12 bodies, wrapped in funeral shrouds, at a busy crossroads, blocking traffic, several witnesses told AFP, but removed them later following talks between district representatives and civilian and military officials.

Ndaburwa Rukalisa, a local leader in Sange, said the soldier was a member of the locally based 122nd Battalion of the FARDC.

A judicial source said that a two-year-old girl was among those who were shot dead. Local leader Bernard Kadodo said “we can’t understand the lax attitude of the army and (UN) Blue Helmets in Sange.

“The battalion has to pull out of Sange quickly. We want the UN mission to leave the city too.” Sange lies 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province.

The highway connects Uvira, the province’s second-largest town, with the border with Burundi. It has been rocked by unrest for around 25 years and has recently seen an increase in ethnic violence.

In July 2010, an overturned tanker truck carrying petrol exploded in the city, killing almost 300 people.

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    a week ago
    This not different from what they use to do. They are known for this.
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    a week ago
    As for me loadedpenvibes, I would say that its terrific.
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    a week ago

    So sad 😢

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    a week ago

    Thanks for the update

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    a week ago

    Thanks for sharing

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    a week ago

    This guy should be imprisoned for life. Thanks very much for sharing this information. Please continue keeping us updated with such news

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    a week ago

    Following

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    a week ago

    That is so sad. Hopefully law will work on him

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    a week ago

    Okay..thanx for the information shared this evening with us on this platform

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    a week ago

    Too bas thanks for the post

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    a week ago

    Following 

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    a week ago

    Following 

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    a week ago
    Great update indeed. but they have to do better.
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    a week ago

    FOLLOWING THANKS FOR THE UPDATE THIS IS VERY INTERESTING I MUST SAY AND HELPFUL THANKS 

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    a week ago

    This is sad

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    a week ago

    really sadining....

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    a week ago

    following

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    a week ago

    This is just heartbreaking.

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    a week ago

    Thank you so much for sharing such information with us on this platform

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    a week ago
    As for me hall451, I would say that its terrific.
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    a week ago

    How does being drunk affect a person's logic board in their brain..?

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    a week ago

    Noted

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    a week ago

    The soldier shouldn't be jailed but hanged we lost lovely people for no reason

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    a week ago

    This is a very interesting article thank you so much for sharing

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    a week ago

    Sad development

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    a week ago

    Drunkenness has a lot of consequences...this is sad.

    Condolences to the affected families 

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    a week ago

    This is very sad ,,this is the careless drinking we talk about how can one be this reckless to kill all these people 

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    a week ago

    This is very bad and my condolences to the families of the deceased persons. May their souls rest in peace

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    Sad development

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    a week ago

    Hope they cought him

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    a week ago

    A drunken soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DR Congo) troubled east opened fire on passers-by, killing at least 13 people including a two-year-old girl and seven women, sources said on Friday.

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    a week ago

    FOLLOWING THE NEWS THANKS 

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    a week ago

    Seriously why drink whilst having a loaded gun, my condolences to the families of the deceased it's really sad

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    a week ago

    This is very bad,, thanks for sharing the wonderful information keep it up

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    a week ago

    So sad..following 

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    a week ago

    Following

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    a week ago

    interesting  update 

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    a week ago

    Thanks for the information

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    a week ago
    Great update indeed. but they have to do better.
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    a week ago

    Following

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    a week ago

    Thanks for sharing

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    Sad development 

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    a week ago

    That's so sad 

    very terrible 

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    a week ago

    Ehh this is sad, he should be arrested. My condolences to their families and may the souls of the deceased rest in peace

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    a week ago

    Very sad 

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    a week ago

    Oh my God, how do you kill all these innocent people? This is so sad 

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    a week ago
    This not different from what they use to do. They are known for this.
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    a week ago

    So sad

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    a week ago

    okay

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    a week ago

    Interesting 

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    a week ago

    Thank you very much for sharing this with me and keep updating us on this platform

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    a week ago

    This is really sad 😢 the law should deal with he has to answer for this wthis is sooo sad

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    a week ago

    13 is just too many they love to abuse their offices thanks for sharing

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    a week ago

    This is really sad development thank you very much for sharing with us 

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    a week ago
    Great update indeed. but they have to do better.
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    a week ago
    I can't say this or that categorically. But all i have to say is God thank you.
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    a week ago

    Sad development 

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    a week ago

    Following up on this and interesting information thanks for sharing this with me

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    a week ago

    That's really sad development the soldier really need to be send to prison because he is proven to be a danger to society

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    a week ago

    Closely following

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    a week ago

    Too bad may their souls rest in peace ✌️

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    a week ago

    Hope he gets capital punishment Interesting and very well articulated article thank you for sharing this with us and do keep us updated with more topics

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    a week ago

    What a lose for the family

     

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    a week ago

    why drink on duty

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    a week ago

    This is really sad news...thanks for sharing this information with us keep on updating us 

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    a week ago

    Thank you for sharing

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    a week ago
    I can't say this or that categorically. But all i have to say is God thank you.
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    a week ago

    This is really sad 

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    a week ago

    Terrible news

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    a week ago

    Following closely

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    a week ago

    Very interested bad news

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    a week ago

    Okay 

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    This man should be sentenced to life in prisonment for killing alot of people due to drankness.

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    a week ago

    Thanks for sharing

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    a week ago

    This is very bad and my condolences to the families of the deceased persons. May their souls rest in peace

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    a week ago

    Interesting article

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    a week ago

    This is really bad news from DRC may he face law and punish for his sins.

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    a week ago

    This is why solders should not be armed when going out for their free time..

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    Thank you so much for sharing such information with us on this platform​​​​

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    a week ago
    This not different from what they use to do. They are known for this.
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    a week ago

    This is very sad may he be punished for this and my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends

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    a week ago

    Sad

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    a week ago

    This is saddening..may their souls rest in peace ..

    Thanks for sharing..

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    a week ago

    Following Thanks for sharing keep us posted 🙏

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    a week ago

    He should be punished for his recklessness .Thanks for sharing this information 

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    a week ago

    woooowwww okayyyy following closely

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    a week ago

    So sad

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    a week ago

    Mmmm this soldier acted like a criminal for real haaaasa

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    a week ago

    Very sad situation 

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    a week ago

    I feel this is a very serious issue and should be looked into with urgency.

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    a week ago

    Thanks for the update

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    a week ago

    Wow 

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    a week ago

    Sad development, he has to be persecuted and face the law.thanks for the news update.

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    Very sad😢

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    a week ago

    Sad development 

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    a week ago
    I can't say this or that categorically. But all i have to say is God thank you.
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    a week ago

    This is sad

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    a week ago

    This is very sad ,,this is the careless drinking we talk about how can one be this reckless to kill all these people.

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    a week ago

    Angry residents blocked Highway 5 which runs through the area, using branches, rocks and burning tyres.

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    a week ago

    ITS SOMEHOW FUNNY

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    a week ago

    Sad development 

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    a week ago

    So so sad

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    a week ago

    Following 

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    a week ago

    Too bad

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    a week ago

    Thanks for the information from around the world continue updating us with all the details 

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    a week ago

    The innocent people iye

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    a week ago

    Thanks for sharing 

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    a week ago
    Imagine what they did there.
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    a week ago

    Drunkenness has a lot of consequences...this is sad.

    Condolences to the affected families

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    a week ago

    So sad

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    a week ago

    What a sad thing to happen, may there souls rest in peace

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    a week ago

    So very sad 

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    a week ago

    Mmmmm bad news indeed 

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    a week ago

    It is really sad this person should really be dealt with it bad

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    a week ago

    this is very sad and devastating indeed may they rest in peace

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    a week ago

    That is so awful action. . Oh my God.  Justice must be done

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    a week ago

    Thank you for updating us we are grateful for your thoughts 

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    a week ago

    So sad 

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