The Republic of Congo police has disclosed that 14 people have been killed including children and two soldiers in an attack on a train in the country’s southeast.
According to police officials, the attack took place near the Mindouli train station in the Pool region, 200 kilometers (124 miles) south of Brazzaville, the capital.
It was gathered that attack was carried out on Friday by former Ninja Nsiloulou fighters of ex-rebel chief Frederic Bintsamou, otherwise known as Pastor Ntumi, in the town of Mindouli in the Pool department.
“The ninjas killed 14 people… including children. They keep carrying out more and more terrorist acts,” said police spokesman Jules Monkala Tchoumou. “It is horrific.”
The Congolese government has faulted the militia’s former leader, Bitsangou, who became high commissioner for peace after a 2003 peace deal in the central African nation.
Bintsamou came out in favour of presidential candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, who lost to longtime leader Denis Sassou Nguesso in elections in March, which the opposition say was marked by massive fraud.
Bitsangou has been missing since the April attacks, which came weeks after longtime President, N’Guesso’s re-election.
The Republic of Congo has been on edge since a constitutional referendum last October ended a two-term limit on presidential mandates, allowing the 72-year-old head of state to extend his 32 years in power.