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KINSHASA, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants have killed at least 12 civilians and burned houses and motorbikes during raids on two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, two local human rights groups said on Wednesday. Fighters believed to be from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militia active in eastern Congo since the 1990s, attacked the villages of Mutuheyi and Mapendo in Ituri province on Sunday night, the activists said. Since launching a joint military operation against the ADF in November, Congo and Uganda claim to have captured several of the ADF's jungle camps, but the militia's attacks on civilians have not stopped. Patrick Musubao, president of another rights group, said 12 people had been killed. Islamic State has in turn claimed responsibility for some of the ADF's violence, including bombings in Uganda and Congo late last year.
Persons: Jan, Christophe Munyanderu, Patrick Musubao, Musubao, Jules Ngongo Tshikudi, Erikas Mwisi, Hereward Holland, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Wednesday, Fighters, Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, Reuters, Army, Islamic, United Nations, Thomson Locations: KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Mutuheyi, Mapendo, Ituri, Uganda, North Kivu, Islamic State, State, Erikas Mwisi Kambale, Kinshasa
Unsubstantiated allegations about indigenous Australians being forcibly vaccinated against COVID-19 have been circulating on social media. Both said they had heard unconfirmed reports of the police and army forcibly removing Indigenous people and forcibly injecting them with COVID-19 vaccines. The videos have played on the historical mistreatment of indigenous Australians, which includes the forced removal of children from their families (here , here). It also said it was not administering COVID-19 vaccines - which are not mandatory in Australia (here) - to the public. Reuters could not find any evidence the Australian army or police are conducting forced vaccinations.
Persons: David Cole, Mills, Cole, , ” Mills, John Paterson, ” Paterson, , AMSANT, Read Organizations: COVID, Reuters, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, Twitter, Facebook, Australian Defence Force, ADF, “ Defence, Northern, Government, Aboriginal Health Service, Wurlinjang Health Locations: , Australia, Binjari
Ugandan police members and explosives experts secure the scene of an explosion in Komamboga, a suburb on the northern outskirts of Kampala, Uganda October 24, 2021. REUTERS/Abubaker LubowaKAMPALA, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Uganda said on Monday it was investigating whether fighters allied with the militant group Islamic State (IS) had carried out a bombing in Kampala on Saturday night that killed one person and injured three others. Islamic state claimed responsibility for the blast in a statement posted on a Telegram channel late on Sunday. It has publicly aligned itself with Islamic State, although a June report from the United Nations found no evidence of direct support from Islamic State for the ADF. ADF fighters have in the past been blamed for assassinations and attacks in Uganda.
Persons: Abbas Byakagaba, Byakagaba, Fred Enanga, Elias Biryabarema, Hugh Lawson Organizations: REUTERS, Islamic, Telegram, Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Kampala, Uganda, Abubaker, KAMPALA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Islamic State
Islamic State claims responsibility for attack in Congo
  + stars: | 2021-10-23 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
CAIRO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a village this week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a statement published on Friday on its affiliated Telegram channels. read moreThe statement said Islamic State was responsible for the attack in the village about 40 km (25 miles) east of the city of Beni. The ADF has operated in the dense forests near the Ugandan border for more than three decades and began killing civilians in large numbers in 2014. The group has publicly aligned itself with Islamic State, but a June report from the United Nations found no evidence of direct support from Islamic State to the ADF read more . Reporting by Yomna Ehab; Editing by Ros RussellOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Yomna Ehab, Ros Russell Organizations: Islamic State, Reuters, Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, Islamic, United Nations, Thomson Locations: CAIRO, Islamic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kalembo, Ugandan, Beni, Islamic State
Suspected Islamists kill 16 in eastern Congo village
  + stars: | 2021-10-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants killed 16 people and burned down houses late on Wednesday in a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a witness and a civil society leader said. An army spokesman in the area said early on Thursday that a combat patrol unit had clashed with the rebels, but gave no further details. "We were having a drink with friends and all of a sudden we heard gunshots. Mumbere Meleki Mulala, coordinator of a local human rights network, confirmed the death toll and blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed group active in the region. Reporting by Erikas Mwisi Kabale; writing by Nellie Peyton; editing by Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Luc Kakule Messo, Mumbere Meleki Mulala, Erikas Mwisi, Nellie Peyton, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kalembo, Beni, Ugandan, North Kivu, Ituri, Kivu, New York
KINSHASA, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo has said it has arrested a Middle Eastern national for alleged ties to an Islamist militia in the east of DRC, potentially the first time a non-African fighter has been found working with the group. According to documents seen by Reuters, however, the man was carrying a Kosovo residence permit, identifying him as a 40-year-old Saudi Arabian national. Former ADF fighters have told United Nations investigators the group has used at least two drones for surveillance. In May, the government introduced martial law to pacify the country's mineral-rich east, where the ADF and over 100 other armed groups operate. However, the number of civilians killed in militia attacks has largely remained unchanged, analysis by rights watchdog Human Rights Watch has shown.
Persons: Ugandans, Patrick Muyaya, Muyaya, Laren Poole, Felix Tshisekedi, Hereward Holland, Hugh Lawson Organizations: Democratic, Eastern, Allied Democratic Forces, Islamic State, United Nations, Reuters, Saudi Arabian, Former ADF, Bridgeway Foundation, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Jordanian, Kinshasa, Kosovo, Saudi, Makisabo, Beni, North Kivu, Congo, U.S
(Adds details, background)Sept 1 (Reuters) - German flavour and fragrance maker Symrise plans to double annual sales at its pet food ingredient unit in the medium term as the pandemic fuelled an industry boom, the company’s chief executive told Reuters in an interview published on Wednesday. Symrise entered the pet food business in 2014 with its 1.3 billion euro ($1.54 billion) takeover of Diana Group and periodically added new acquisitions such as that of ADF/IDF, a U.S. maker of ingredients for dog and cat food, in 2019. “We will invest in pet food additives as a priority and continue to grow there without a question,” Chief Executive Heinz-Juergen Bertram said. At the same time, there are still areas where the company can expand such as its cosmetic ingredients business, Bertram said, adding Symrise regularly looks at five to ten acquisition candidates. Earlier on Wednesday, the company announced it was buying a 25% stake in Kobo, a maker of ingredients for sun protection and colour cosmetics.
Persons: Symrise, Diana Group, , Heinz, Juergen Bertram, ” Bertram, Bertram, Zuzanna Szymanska, Kirsti Knolle, Louise Heavens Organizations: Reuters, Diana, ADF Locations: U.S, Gdansk
Suspected militants kill 19 in eastern Congo village
  + stars: | 2021-08-29 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 19 people in a raid on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local authorities said. read moreBut the number of civilians killed in such attacks has only increased since then, according to the Kivu Security Tracker, which maps unrest in eastern Congo. It has publicly aligned itself with Islamic State, which in turn has claimed responsibility for some of its attacks. But in a June report, U.N. experts said they had found no evidence of direct support from Islamic State to the ADF. L5N2NX5IPReporting by Erikas Mwisi Kabale; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Andrew HeavensOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Lembula, CEPADHO, Felix Tshisekedi, Erikas Mwisi, Alessandra Prentice, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Reuters, Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, Washington, Islamic, Thomson Locations: BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kasanzi, Virunga, North Kivu, Buliki district, Ituri, Kivu, Congo, United States, Islamic State
KAMPALA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The Ugandan military said on Friday they had arrested a man who was planning a suicide bombing at the funeral of a top police official and had seized materials including a suicide vest and bombs during his arrest. The man was detained at a hotel in Pader town, about 400 km (60 miles) north of the capital Kampala, said military spokesperson Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso. The military said in a separate statement that the man had accomplices who were on the run and efforts were underway to arrest them. He was a former senior military officer who had previously commanded Uganda's troops in Somalia. ADF is a Ugandan Islamist insurgent group based in the jungles of eastern Congo, across the Ugandan border.
Persons: Flavia Byekwaso, Paul Lokech, Al Shabaab, Somalia's, Elias Biryabarema, Ayenat Mersie, Frances Kerry Organizations: Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, African Union peacekeeping, Thomson Locations: KAMPALA, Pader, Kampala, Somalia, al Shabaab, Ugandan, Congo, Al, Uganda
President of Congo Democratic Republic Felix Tshisekedi reacts during a joint news conference at the end of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies in Paris, France May 18, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoKINSHASA, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Special forces from the United States will soon deploy to Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east to gauge the potential for a local anti-terrorism unit to combat Islamist violence, President Felix Tshisekedi said on Sunday. The Special Operations Forces arrived in Congo's capital Kinshasa on Friday to "conduct an assessment of a future Congolese counter-terrorism team," U.S. ambassador Mike Hammer said. Data collected by the Kivu Security Tracker, which maps unrest in the region, attributes much of the recent violence to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist-inspired insurgency which U.S. officials have linked to Islamic State. read moreReporting by Hereward Holland, Editing by Cooper Inveen and Timothy HeritageOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Congo Democratic Republic Felix Tshisekedi, Ludovic Marin, Felix Tshisekedi, Mike Hammer, Tshisekedi, Hereward Holland, Cooper Inveen, Timothy Organizations: Congo Democratic, Democratic, Special Operations Forces, Kivu, Allied Democratic Forces, U.S, Islamic, ADF, United Nations, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Congo, Congo Democratic Republic, Paris, France, KINSHASA, United States, Democratic Republic of Congo's, Congo's, Kinshasa, Congolese, U.S, Islamic State, Uganda, State
BENI, Congo, July 23 (Reuters) - At least 16 people, including six women and two children, have been killed in a suspected Islamist militant attack on a remote road in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the director of a local hospital said on Friday. The attack took place on a road near the town of Oicha, around 390 km (242 miles) north of the eastern provincial capital of Goma. Survivors blamed the assault on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist militant group that claims links to Islamic State. read moreBut the number of civilians killed in such attacks has only increased since then, according to the Kivu Security Tracker, which maps unrest in eastern Congo. Reporting by Erikas Mwisi Kabale; Writing by Cooper Inveen; Editing by Raissa KasolowskyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Masika, Kahindo, Erikas Mwisi, Cooper Inveen, Raissa Organizations: Allied Democratic Forces, Islamic, ADF, fatigues, Thomson Locations: BENI, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oicha, Goma, Islamic State, North Kivu, Ituri, Kivu
Congo blames Islamist militia for dual blasts in eastern city
  + stars: | 2021-06-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
BENI, Congo, June 28 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's army said on Monday an Islamist militia which claims links to Islamic State (IS) was responsible for two blasts in the eastern city of Beni, as the mayor closed local schools, churches and markets in a tightening of security. The army said Sunday's attacks bore the signature of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which has used improvised explosive devices in the past. Pierre Boisselet from the Kivu Security Tracker, a group that maps unrest in eastern Congo, said he had not heard any reports of a suicide bombing in Congo before. read moreIn March the United States referred to the ADF as "ISIS-DRC" when it added it to its terrorism blacklist. read more The United Nations has not, however, found conclusive evidence IS has control over ADF operations.
Persons: Anthony Mualushay, Pierre Boisselet, Narcisse Kashale Muteba, Erikas Mwisi Kambale, Fiston, Hereward Holland, Cooper Inveen, William Maclean Organizations: Democratic, Islamic State, Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, Twitter, Ugandan, Kivu, United Nations, Islamic, Radio Télévision, Thomson Locations: BENI, Congo, Democratic Republic of, Beni, East Africa, States
Second blast hits Congo's Beni city on Sunday
  + stars: | 2021-06-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, June 27 (Reuters) - A suspected bomber was blown up when his improvised explosive device went off in a busy intersection of the Democratic Republic of Congo eastern city of Beni on Sunday, authorities said, the second blast in Beni on the same day. No one was killed in the two incidents apart from the suspected bomber in the second blast. Earlier on Sunday, another explosive device was detonated in a Catholic church in Beni, injuring several people. Photos shared online showed the blood-soaked torso of the suspected bomber. However, it said it did not find evidence of direct support by Islamic State for an Islamist militia in eastern Congo.
Persons: Narcisse Kashale Muteba, I'm, Muteba, Kalinda Kule Malemo, Erikas Mwisi, Djaffar Al Katanty, Bate Felix, Emelia Sithole Organizations: Democratic, Reuters, Allied Democratic Forces, Islamic State, United Nations, ADF, Thomson Locations: BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Beni, East Africa, Congo, Hereward Holland
REUTERS/Kenny KatombeKINSHASA, June 16 (Reuters) - United Nations experts said on Wednesday they had been unable to find evidence of direct support by Islamic State for an Islamist militia in eastern Congo, which was blacklisted in March by Washington as a terrorist group. The ADF has publicly aligned itself with Islamic State, which in turn has claimed responsibility for some of its attacks. read moreIn its latest report, the U.N. Group of Experts on the Congo said the ADF and Islamic State both benefited from making public statements that link them with each other. Such statements were "complementing and amplifying ADF local propaganda, and suggesting increased global reach for ISIL," the report said. But it added: "The Group did not however find conclusive evidence of ISIL command and control over ADF operations, nor of ISIL direct support to ADF, either financial, human or material."
Persons: Kenny Katombe, Hereward Holland, Alessandra Prentice, Peter Graff Organizations: Democratic, Allied Democratic Forces, National Army for, Liberation, REUTERS, United Nations, Islamic State, Washington, Islamic, ISIS, ADF, Thomson Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Beni, North, Kivu province, Kenny Katombe KINSHASA, Congo, Central Africa, Islamic State, States, East Africa, Congo’s restive, Congolese
Chick-fil-A is facing backlash over the CEO's support of a charity linked to opposition to new LGBTQ protections. Other chains including McDonald's and Wendy's donate to politicians who oppose the Equality Act. LGBTQ activists are slamming Chick-fil-A after a report highlighted its apparent ties to a group fighting the Equality Act and other legislation designed to protect LGBTQ rights. This week, The Daily Beast reported that the National Christian Charitable Foundation (NCF) has bankrolled opposition to The Equality Act, which would expand civil protections for LGBTQ people. In 2010, for example, the chicken chain donated donated $247,500 to the NCF.
Persons: Chick, Dan Cathy, Cathy —, , Dan, Rhonda Cathy, Cassie, Holder, Hollis Johnson Chick, Truett, Read, Cathy, Rodney Bullard, that's, Bullard, George Floyd's, Taco, Yum, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump's, Mark Taylor, Traci Taylor —, Nelson Peltz, Peltz, Stephen Ross Organizations: Daily, National Christian Charitable Foundation, Heritage Foundation, Defending, ADF, Ethics, WinShape, Salvation Army, of Christian Athletes, Taco Bell, KFC, Yum Brands, Republicans, Equality, for Responsive, McDonald's PAC, Wendy's PAC, Republican Ohio, Brands PAC, Outback, Brand's PAC, Trump, RSE, Republican, RSE Ventures
The Ugandan and Congo armies are setting up an operations centre in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo for a joint offensive against Islamist rebels who have killed hundreds of people in the last year, Congo's government said. A Congo army spokesman was not immediately available for comment. A Ugandan army spokesman said he could not confirm the information given by Congo's government. "The (Congolese army) and the UPDF are determined to fight the ADF," Congo's ministry of information said in a statement, without giving further details. The ADF has carried out a spate of reprisal attacks on civilians since Congo's army began operations against it in late 2019.
Persons: Congo's Organizations: Democratic, Sunday, Ugandan Peoples Defence Force, Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, Islamic State, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Ugandan, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Beni, Congo's North Kivu, North Kivu, Ituri, Uganda, Congolese, United States
Circuit Court of Appeals heard virtual arguments in the case that could have far-ranging consequences as more states follow conservative Idaho’s lead. Idaho passed its law last year, and more than 20 states have considered such proposals this year. Roger Brooks, an attorney with a Christian conservative group defending the Idaho law, said he hoped that would not happen because the case needed a definitive ruling. Supporters say such laws are needed because transgender female athletes have physical advantages, though researchers who have studied the issue say any potential advantage isn't a reason to ban trans girls from competing. The law prohibits transgender students who identify as female from playing on female teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities.
Persons: Lindsay Hecox, Hecox, Roger Brooks, , Chase Strangio, “ They're, Andrew Kleinfeld, Strangio, Jack Turban, Kleinfeld, they're, Madison Kenyon, Mary Marshall Organizations: U.S, Circuit, Boise State University, Lawmakers, American Civil Liberties Union, of, Stanford University, ACLU, Legal, Christian, Defending, ADF, Idaho State University, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Idaho, Alabama , Arkansas , Mississippi , Tennessee, West Virginia, Florida, South, of Idaho, Boise, Johnston , Colorado, Twin Falls , Idaho
It read, “Homosexual marriage not recognized.”Stephanie Mudd said the first emotion she felt was anger that businesses can still turn away same-sex couples. “I am.”He added that there are other tax preparers in the area that same-sex couples could use and that he’s protected by federal law. In 2018, the Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple’s wedding. In 2019, the Washington Supreme Court ruled against a florist who refused to provide services for a gay couple’s wedding. But Randall said he refuses to file taxes for same-sex couples because it would require him to express recognition of their marriage.
Persons: Amy, Stephanie Mudd, Mudd, ” Stephanie Mudd, Amy Mudd, , ” Kenneth Randall, , There’s, there’s, Jennifer Pizer, it's, Jack Phillips, Donald Trump’s, Emilee Carpenter, Carpenter “, Pizer, Kenneth Randall, Randall, he’s, ” Pizer, ” Amy Mudd, that's Organizations: Aries Tax Service, Legal, Alliance Defending, Lambda Legal, Washington Supreme, Donald Trump’s Department of Justice, ADF, Western, of, Arizona Supreme, Black, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Glasgow , Kentucky, Radcliff, United States, Kentucky, Washington, Louisville, U.S, York, New York, Arizona, Greensboro , North Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas
Twists aplenty in Australian Navy twerking controversy
  + stars: | 2021-04-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A dance troupe’s performance at an Australian Navy event created a furore on Thursday as initial criticism over apparent twerking at dignitaries turned into a story of inaccurate media coverage and criticism of the national broadcaster by the prime minister. Video of the performance by the 101 Doll Squadron prompted criticism that it was too risque for a formal occasion. The ABC report cut between shots showing the dancers and a crowd of dignitaries including Governor-General David Hurley, Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Australia. However, Hurley had not arrived at the time of the routine, a spokesman for the Australian Defence Force said. “The media which purports to support women have been the most virulent,” the troupe said in a statement.
Persons: David Hurley, Queen, Hurley, Scott Morrison, Organizations: SYDNEY, Australian Navy, The Defence Department, Australian Broadcasting Corp, 101, ABC, Governor, Australian Defence Force, ADF Locations: Sydney, Australia, Perth
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Ten people have been killed and 34 injured in fighting between rival ethnic communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma, a spokesman for the provincial government said on Tuesday. Attacks by armed militias and inter-communal violence in Congo’s restive eastern region have killed over 300 people since the start of the year as government troops and U.N. peacekeepers struggle to bring stability in the mineral-rich region. The governor of North Kivu province, Carly Nzanzu Kasivita, banned all public protests from Monday and called for calm. Protests erupted against the 12,000-strong U.N. mission in several eastern cities last week. The ADF stepped up deadly raids on villages in retaliation for army operations against it which launched in late 2019.
Persons: Carly Nzanzu Kasivita, Organizations: Democratic, moto, Allied Democratic Forces, ADF Locations: BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of, Goma, Congo’s, North Kivu, Beni, Ugandan
Suspected Islamists kill 23 civilians in eastern Congo
  + stars: | 2021-03-31 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 23 civilians in an overnight raid on a village near Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the provincial governor’s office said on Wednesday. The death toll was still provisional as the search for bodies continued in Manyama-Moliso, north of the city of Beni, the North Kivu governor’s office said on Twitter. It blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militia active in eastern Congo since the 1990s. The group has stepped up reprisals against civilians since Congo’s army launched a fresh offensive in late 2019. Two of the assailants were also killed when the army responded, the governor’s office added.
Organizations: Twitter, Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, United, Islamic Locations: BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Beni, Manyama, North Kivu, Congo, United States, Islamic State
North Carolina Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would bar transgender students in middle and high schools and colleges from competing on sports teams that match their gender identity. Rep Mark Brody of the North Carolina General Assembly. North Carolina’s bill comes five years after the state passed HB2, also known as the “bathroom bill,” in 2016. That bill required North Carolinians to use restrooms that matched their sex assigned at birth, rather than their gender identity. Kristi Noem returned a similar bill to the state legislature asking for changes before she could sign it into law.
Persons: Mark Brody, , Rep Mark Brody, ” Allison Scott, we’re, ” Craig White, Barbara Ehardt, Alliance Defending Freedom, Tate Reeves, Reeves, Sen, Angela Hill, , Hill, Kristi Noem, Noem Organizations: North, North Carolina Republican, North Carolina House of, American Civil Liberties Union, Republican, Associated Press, Rep, North Carolina General Assembly, HB2, NCAA, NBA, Charlotte, Campaign, Southern Equality, North Carolina High School Athletic Association, Alliance Defending, ADF, ACLU, Mississippi Gov, South Dakota Gov, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: North Carolina, North, Idaho, Mississippi, Dakota
At least 22 killed in eastern Congo village
  + stars: | 2021-01-05 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
BENI, Congo (Reuters) - At least 22 people were killed in an overnight raid on a village in a part of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo plagued by Islamist rebel attacks, local authorities said on Tuesday. The militants struck late on Monday, killing residents of Mwenda village with machetes and guns, its civil society leader Jeremi Mbweki said. The administrator of Beni territory, Donat Kibwana, confirmed the death toll and said the ADF was responsible. Nine more bodies were discovered on Monday in another village in the area - also victims of an alleged ADF attack, Kibwana said. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for many suspected ADF attacks in the past, although U.N. experts said last week that they have been unable to confirm any direct link between the two groups.
Persons: Jeremi Mbweki, ” Mbweki, Donat Kibwana, Kibwana Organizations: Allied Democratic Forces, ADF Locations: BENI, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mwenda, Ugandan, Congo’s, Beni, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, State
At least 17 villagers hacked to death in eastern Congo
  + stars: | 2021-01-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - At least 17 people were found hacked to death in a part of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo ravaged by attacks from Islamist militants, a local official said on Friday. Donat Kibwana, the administrator of Beni territory, blamed the deaths near the town of Eringeti on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed Islamist group which has emerged in recent years as the most lethal of the militias in Congo’s eastern borderlands. “Yesterday morning, Congolese army soldiers were on patrol when they found 17 bodies,” Kibwana told Reuters. Congo’s eastern borderlands with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi have been plagued by attacks by militias, many formed of remnants of groups that fought in Congo’s civil wars around the turn of the century. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for many suspected ADF attacks in the past, although U.N. experts said this week that they have been unable to confirm any direct link between the two groups.
Persons: GOMA, Donat Kibwana, ” Kibwana Organizations: Democratic, Allied Democratic Forces, Reuters, ADF Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, Beni, Eringeti, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, State
US observers welcomed Sullivan's message as a departure from Trump's attitude toward allies but said Biden needs to follow-through on it after taking office. Sullivan's message avoided mentioning China, which has steadily escalated a confrontation with Australia since earlier this year. After Canberra called for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, Beijing called Australia "a giant kangaroo that serves as a dog to the US." "There are undoubtedly tensions that exist between China and Australia, but this is not how you deal with them." Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China, September 25, 2015.
Persons: Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden, Biden, Sullivan, Trump, Zhao Lijian, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Hua Chunying, Xi Jinping, PAUL J, RICHARDS, Jorge Guajardo, Bonnie Glaser, John Culver, Abraham Denmark, Morrison's Organizations: Wednesday, Canberra, Twitter, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Afghan, Australian Defence Force, Government, ADF, Foreign Ministry, Getty, Trump, Center for Strategic, International Studies, East Locations: Australia, China, America, Beijing, Afghanistan, Asia, East Asia
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