Dozens killed in eastern Congo rebel attack

474

Suspected Islamist rebels have killed at least 22 people in an overnight attack in Beni, a town in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Noella Katsongerwaki, the civil society president in Beni blamed the attack on members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). He said the victims were farmers including 13 women.

This is coming a day after six civilians were killed in an attack in Beni.

According to local human rights organisation CEPADHO, more than 150 people have been killed by rebels since October.

An estimated 160 rebel groups with more than 20,000 fighters are active in DRC’s east. Among them is the ADF, originally from Uganda, which repeatedly carries out attacks around Beni.

DRC forces launched operations against the armed group in late October.

 

 




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *