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Senior Muslim leader in DRC shot dead

Muslim body in Democratic Republic of Congo calls on authorities to launch investigation into incident

29.11.2017
Senior Muslim leader in DRC shot dead FILE PHOTO

By Godfrey Olukya

ARU, Democratic Republic of Congo

A senior Muslim leader has been killed in the country’s eastern province on Wednesday.

The incident took place in North Kivu province when Sheikh Byeragi Matunguru, a senior Muslim leader and coordinator of North Kivu Islamic Convention Schools, was shot dead on Tuesday night after he was returning from prayers.

In a statement, Islamic Community in Democratic Republic of Congo (COMICO), a Muslim body in the country, condemned the incident.

“COMICO takes this opportunity to denounce and vehemently condemn this despicable act perpetrated on Byeragi Matunguru,” the statement said.

It also called on the Congolese authorities to carry out an investigation into the incident and bring the perpetrators to book.

Rajab Mukoni, one of the students of Matunguru, told Anadolu Agency that he has lost a loving teacher who was loved by all students.

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