8 dead in eastern DR Congo explosion

8 dead in eastern DR Congo explosion

International Deskdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 12:23 8 April 2022  

People gather at the scene of an explosion in Goma, Eastern Congo, Thursday, April 7, 2022, at least 8 people died in the explosion; Photo: Collected 

People gather at the scene of an explosion in Goma, Eastern Congo, Thursday, April 7, 2022, at least 8 people died in the explosion; Photo: Collected 

At least eight people died on Thursday following an explosion in a bar in the city of Goma, capital of North Kivu province in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), confirmed the provincial governor Constant Ndima Kongba.

“The military governor of North Kivu has just informed us of an explosion in a bar at Camp Katindo in Goma,” DRC media minister and government spokesman Patrick Muyaya tweeted.

“The provisional toll reports 8 dead and 3 wounded. The services are already deployed for the first investigations,” he added.

According to local sources, the first information indicates that it was a grenade of a soldier member of the Congolese army that exploded. Muyaya promised to give more details afterward, calling on the public to “stay calm”.

North Kivu and the neighboring Ituri province have been under a state of siege since May 2021, due to rising attacks by armed groups. Last December, a suicide bombing attack struck the city of Beni, in North Kivu, in the middle of the Christmas celebration, killing eight people. — Xinhua

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