A drunken soldier has reportedly killed 13 people including a 2-year old girl and seven women, leading to shock and disbelief in the community.
The incident which happened in the Democratic Republic of Congo led youths of the area to build 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.
According to reports, shocked relatives of the victims drifted around as they tried to make sense of the tragedy. It happened at Sange, in the territory of Uvira in South Kivu province, according to reports.
“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.