40 Killed In Suspected Rebel Attack In DR Congo

Not fewer than 40 persons have been reportedly in an alleged rebel attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

40 Killed In Suspected Rebel Attack In DR Congo
40 In Suspected Rebel Attack In DR Congo

The ADF, which the Islamic State group claims as its central African affiliate, is one of the deadliest armed militias in Eastern Congo, accused of slaughtering thousands of civilians.

Fighters from the group attacked the neighbouring villages of Mukondi and Mausa, in the Beni territory of Kivu province, during Wednesday evening and the early hours of Thursday, officials said.

Kalunga Meso, a local administrator, said, “It’s total desolation, “They rounded up people and then executed them.”

He told AFP that 38 people had been in Mukondi and eight in Mausa, stressing the toll was provisional.

Mumbere Arsene, a local civil-society figure, said 37 people had been in Mukondi and eight in Mausa.

“All the dead people were with knives,” he said.

The Kivu Security Tracker, a respected violence monitor, on Thursday, said that armed men had at least 30 people in Mukondi, by machete.

The toll was unable to be confirmed.

The ADF is among the most violent of the dozens of armed groups active in eastern Congo and has been accused of a string of bomb attacks and civilian massacres.

Thousands have died at its hands, many of them in the Beni region, say monitors.

A joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation targeting the militia in Eastern DRC has been underway since late 2021, but attacks have continued.

Last week, the United States offered a reward of up to $5 million for information concerning ADF leader, Seka Musa Baluku.


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