On Sunday, armed men invaded a gold mine in Djugu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern Ituri region, killing dozens of people.
According to AFP, a local official stated that 29 remains had been recovered from the artisanal mine.
A four-month-old infant was among the deceased, according to the report.
The Ministry of Communication blamed the attack on the Codeco rebel organization in a statement.
“The government underlines that the government’s intention to restore peace will not be shaken by the umpteenth brutal and despicable act of Codeco terrorists on innocent communities,” the ministry stated.
“The army is fighting day and night to fully remove the armed groups here in Ituri,” an army spokeswoman told Reuters.
In recent months, the Codeco organization has been accused of conducting operations against civilians.
It is responsible for the deaths of at least a dozen people at a church in March and another 60 in February.