At least five civilians died on Sunday, June 26, during an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Village 47 in the Bangole tribal group, situated 20 kilometres from Biakato, Mambasa territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The rebels also razed seven houses during the attack.
“These rebels savagely killed five civilians and razed down seven houses, and that after having fired several shots,” said Kasereka Sivamwenda, president of the local civil society in the area.
“We call on the military authorities to intensify their patrols in this region to ensure the security of the inhabitants and their properties.”
He said gunshots were heard on Monday, June 27, in the village of Ngubu still in the Mambasa territory.
Since this attack, there has been fear in Biakato and the whole chiefdom of Babila Babombi.
The last ADF attack in the zone was on May 5, 2022, in the locality of Lolwa within the Babila Bakwanza chiefdom.
Since the beginning of the joint military operations of the Ugandan Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) and the DR Congo national army, FARDC, in Irumu territory, the movement of the ADF has been active in Mambasa territory, where several attacks have been carried out primarily against civilians and vehicles plying the Mambasa-Kisangani road.
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