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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
BENI, Congo — A suicide bomber attacked a restaurant and bar Saturday as patrons gathered on Christmas Day, killing at least six others in an eastern Congolese town where Islamic extremists are known to be active. Saturday’s attack marked the first known time that a suicide bomber has killed victims in eastern Congo, where an Islamic State group affiliate earlier this year took responsibility for a suicide bombing near another bar in Beni who had caused no other casualties. But in June the Islamic State group’s Central Africa Province said it was behind the suicide bomber and another explosion that same day at a Catholic church that wounded two people. From 2018 to 2020, the town also suffered through an Ebola epidemic that became the second deadliest in history. More than 2,200 people died in eastern Congo as vaccination efforts were at times thwarted by insecurity in the area.
Persons: Sylvain Ekenge, , , ” Rachel Magali, Narcisse Muteba Organizations: Islamic, Associated Press, , Allied Democratic Forces, State Locations: BENI, Congo, Congolese, Beni, North Kivu, Uganda, State group’s, Africa Province
KAMPALA, Uganda—The Ugandan military launched a series of strikes against Islamic State-aligned militants in neighboring Congo, the beginning of what Ugandan officials say they hope will be a quick offensive to drive the group from the mineral-rich region after a wave of attacks on the capital, Kampala. Ugandan artillery units and jet fighters struck positions of the Allied Democratic Forces early Tuesday, said Uganda’s military spokeswoman, Gen. Flavia Byekwaso. The strikes were quickly confirmed by Congolese government spokesman Patrick Muyaya, who described the group as terrorists and whose government signed off on the cross-border operation.
Persons: Flavia Byekwaso, Patrick Muyaya Organizations: Islamic, Allied Democratic Forces Locations: KAMPALA, Uganda, Islamic State, Congo, Kampala, Congolese
Kampala, Uganda (CNN) The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two separate suicide attacks that killed three people and injured 36 in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Tuesday. Two civilians and a police officer were killed in the blasts, police spokesperson Fred Enanga told reporters at a news conference in the city. The ISIS-affiliated Amaq News Agency reported the incident on its Telegram channel on Tuesday, saying three fighters set out with bags loaded with explosives. Two headed toward the Kampala Central Police Station, and the third to the parliament building, where they detonated, it reported. He said three attackers died while detonating their bombs and seven were killed while resisting arrest.
Persons: Fred Enanga, Yoweri Museveni, Museveni, Read Organizations: CNN, ISIS, Amaq News Agency, Kampala Central Police Station, Police, Allied Democratic Forces Locations: Kampala, Uganda
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
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
At least 50 killed in eastern Congo massacres: research group
  + stars: | 2021-05-31 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
At least 50 people were killed overnight in two attacks on villages in eastern Congo, in potentially the worst night of violence the area has seen in at least four years, the Kivu Security Tracker research group said on Monday. The army and a local civil rights group blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist armed group, for raiding the village of Tchabi and a camp for displaced people near Boga, another village. Both are close to the border of Uganda. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Organizations: Allied Democratic Forces, Thomson Locations: Congo, Kivu, Tchabi, Boga, Uganda
Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 22 civilians with knives and machetes in an overnight raid on villages near the town of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Wednesday. Jean-Paul Katembo, head of the Bulongo commune, said the known death toll stood at 22, including women and children. Several more villagers are believed to have been kidnapped, he said, blaming the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militia active in eastern Congo since the 1990s. Elsewhere, a group of men hacked graves into the earth to bury the victims as other villagers stood by and sang in mourning. On May 17 Uganda announced it had agreed to share intelligence and coordinate operations against the rebels, but that it would not be deploying troops in Congo.
Persons: Kavira Mwisha, Jean, Paul Katembo Organizations: Allied Democratic Forces, Thomson Locations: Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, North Kivu, Ituri, Uganda, Congo, Bulongo, Kivu
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
Congo declares state of siege over eastern bloodshed
  + stars: | 2021-05-01 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi arrives at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Britain, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoCongolese President Felix Tshisekedi on Friday declared a state of siege over the worsening violence in the eastern provinces of Ituri and North Kivu that has killed hundreds this year and displaced more than 1.5 million. A surge in attacks by armed militias and inter-communal violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have killed over 300 people since the start of the year as government troops and U.N. peacekeepers struggle to stabilize the mineral-rich territory. He did not say what steps would be taken next under the state of siege in the two affected regions. A Ugandan insurgent faction active in eastern Congo since the 1990s called the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is believed to be responsible for much of the recent bloodshed.
Persons: Felix Tshisekedi, Henry Nicholls, Patrick Muyaya Organizations: Democratic, Africa Investment Summit, REUTERS, Friday, Allied Democratic Forces, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, London, Britain, Ituri, North Kivu, North Kivu'sregional, Beni, Ugandan, Congo
DR Congo declares state of siege over eastern bloodshed
  + stars: | 2021-05-01 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi arrives at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Britain, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoMilitants killed at least 19 people, including 10 soldiers, in raids on two villages in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, hours after President Felix Tshisekedi declared a state of siege in two provinces. Tshisekedi had declared a state of siege in North Kivu and Ituri provinces on Friday. He did not say what steps would be taken next under the state of siege. A Ugandan insurgent faction active in eastern Congo since the 1990s called the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is believed to be responsible for much of the recent bloodshed.
Persons: Felix Tshisekedi, Henry Nicholls, Tshisekedi, Patrick Muyaya Organizations: Democratic, Africa Investment Summit, REUTERS, Friday, Allied Democratic Forces, United Nations, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, London, Britain, North Kivu's, Beni, North Kivu, Ituri, Ugandan, Congo
KAMPALA, Uganda—Islamic State was collapsing in Iraq and Syria, but from the jungles of Eastern Congo a jihadist appeared on YouTube to declare that the Caliphate was regrouping in Central Africa. “I swear by God this is the abode of Islamic State.”The video was largely dismissed by analysts as an attempt by the crumbling terror group to gain headlines. But three years after it aired, Islamic State’s little-known Central African Province has expanded so rapidly that the U.S. State Department last month imposed sanctions on the group and its leadership for the first time. In late March, hundreds of the group’s fighters in Mozambique occupied a key port town after a dayslong siege in which they massacred dozens of people and sent thousands running for their lives through forests and mangrove swamps. Led by a veteran Ugandan jihadist, Musa Baluku, the Congolese militia previously known as the Allied Democratic Forces, or ADF, killed over 849 civilians in 2020 alone, the State Department said.
Persons: , Musa Baluku Organizations: YouTube, U.S . State Department, SITE, Congolese, Allied Democratic Forces, State Department Locations: KAMPALA, Uganda, Iraq, Syria, Eastern Congo, Central Africa, Congo, State, African Province, Mozambique, Ugandan
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
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - At least two people were killed during violent protests on Friday against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials said. Troops attached to the U.N. mission, known as MONUSCO, killed one person during a protest in the rural area of Oicha, its mayor Nicolas Kikuku told Reuters. The incident came after days of protests in several eastern Congo cities by young people angered over the 12,000-strong U.N. mission’s failure to prevent a wave of civilian killings by armed groups. More than 300 people have been killed so far this year in violence in eastern Congo, which is in part an unresolved legacy of a civil war that officially ended in 2003. U.N. peacekeepers have been deployed to Congo since 1999 at the invitation of the government.
Persons: Nicolas Kikuku, ” Kikuku, Philippe Bonane, Mathias Gillmann, Antony Mwalushayi, , ” Mwalushayi Organizations: United Nations, Troops, Reuters, , Allied Democratic Forces Locations: BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Oicha, Beni, Congo, Ugandan, U.N
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
(CNN) Forty-six people from the ethnic Pygmy group were killed -- some of them decapitated -- on Wednesday in a suspected militant attack in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an NGO official based in the central African country. A spokesman for the Armed Forces of the DRC in Ituri attributed the attack to the Allied Democratic Forces , a rebel group that operates in the region. Most of the victims were women and children, said Rachel Taruwayo, the regional coordinator for the provincial government. Munyanderu said that a Pygmy who was hunting during the attack determined the death toll. When he returned to the village, Munyanderu said, he found a female survivor with a gunshot wound and a two-year-old child whose hand had been chopped off.
Persons: Christophe Munyanderu, Rachel Taruwayo, Munyanderu Organizations: CNN, Human, Armed Forces, Allied Democratic Forces Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ambedi, Irumu, Ituri, DRC
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