“ECCAS secretariat strongly condemns the armed attacks witnessed between April 3 and 4 in Brazzaville and deplores the resultant loss of lives and property,” the regional body said in a statement issued from its headquarters in Brazzaville.
He appealed for restraint from Congolese political parties, and urged them to “use peaceful means in resolving their political differences”.
“ECCAS secretariat wishes to reiterate its willingness to work alongside other international actors, to contribute towards finding a peaceful solution to the current situation,” the statement concluded.
The Congolese government announced on Tuesday that a total of 17 people had lost their lives following the clashes that occurred in southern Brazzaville.
In addition, a governmental source said, six police stations, two customs posts and water as well as forestry offices were burnt down.
Private homes and vehicles were ransacked and burnt down, the source said, adding that assailants identified as members of Ninja militias led by ex-rebel leader Frederic Bintsamou alias Pastor Ntumi also carried away some weapons.
The violence occurred amidst protests against the re-election of President Denis Sassou Nguesso who has been in power for over 30 years. Enditem