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58 killed in eastern DR Congo by suspected ADF group

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DR Congo local officials have revealed that fifty-eight people have been killed in attacks in a restive province of eastern DR Congo.


The local officials blamed notorious militia behind this attack.

Provincial interior minister, Adjio Gidi said 23 people were killed on Tuesday, and another 35 on Thursday

He disclosed that so many people have fled from Irumu, a territory in the province of Ituri because of the recent attacks.

However, minister Adjio blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which was created in the 1990s as a Ugandan Muslim rebel group.

The group has been accused of killing hundreds of civilians since DR Congo’s armed forces launched a crackdown against them last November.

According to a local resident, the attacks took place in a heavily forested area called Tshabi.

He also added that so many people have been kidnapped by the same group too.

“People were killed with every sort of weapon, knives, guns.”

He said the search effort was reduced to none because of the thick forest.

“Right now, the Congolese army, supported by local people, is still looking for victims in the forest,” he said.

“Seventeen people are listed as disappeared, but they have almost definitely been kidnapped.”

Minister Gidi said “it was ADF, fleeing military pressure in (neighbouring) North Kivu province, namely in (the) Beni (region),” Gidi said.

“Our forces are already in the area and are in contact with the enemy,” he said without giving much details.

 

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