30 killed as Congo govt bombs residential area - Amest International

2016-04-18 15:21


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Brazzaville - At least 30 people died in the south eastern Pool region of the Republic of Congo after government forces dropped bombs on opposition territories within residential areas, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Monday.   

Amnesty International said that around 30 bombs were dropped on April 5 in the town of Vindza, where the target was a house which used to be the residence of Pastor Frederic "Ntumi" Bintsamou, leader of armed group, the "Ninjas".

The airstrikes also destroyed property, including schools, churches and medical facilities. 

"Government forces have deliberately and unlawfully attacked people. It is shocking that they bombed residential areas in response to the violence that occurred in Brazzaville. Instead they should have taken lawful steps to ensure that criminal suspects are brought to justice," Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International’s Central Africa researcher said. 

The "Ninjas" have been blamed by government for the violence which came weeks after President Dennis Sassou Nguesso won the March 20 presidential elections.

The elections were marred by fraud and ballot irregularities, according to the opposition.

The Ninjas fought two civil wars in the 1990s and were reportedly headed by Ntumi, who is called a "prophet" by his admirers.

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