By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa
An explosion at a military camp bar on the outskirts of eastern Congo’s largest city killed at least eight people on 7th April, 2022, a government spokesman said.
The victims had gathered for drinks in the Katindo military camp around 7:40 p.m on Thursday night in Goma, the capital of North Kivu in eastern DRC.
Among the victims, two senior officers of the Congolese army and three women and a child.
Emotions were still running high on Friday morning. The relatives of the victims, still in shock, call for serious investigations.
On Friday morning 8th April, 2022, the military governor of North Kivu, General Constant Ndima Kongba told the press that the origin of the explosion has not yet been determined.
The governor assured the population that the authorities were doing everything possible to shed light on the events.
He said, “In view of the impact of the explosions, I believe that it must be an improvised explosive device. Only scientists will be able to determine what the device was.”
It is recalled that an incident like this occurred in June 2021 when a child died and three other people were injured in a fire near the North Kivu military auditorium in the same camp. North Kivu Province has been under siege for more than a year.