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7 Civilians Die In ADF Attack On Mambumembume, DR Congo

ADF attacks continue to intensify in DR Congo, putting more civilians at risk, despite military action.

At least seven civilians were killed by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the village of Mambumembume, located in Ituri at the boundary with North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to civil society sources, the assailants on Tuesday, Sept. 7 invaded the Mambumembume market around 10 a.m. CAT.

“In the confusion and panic that ensued, the rebels looted the merchandise of some traders and executed seven of them by gunfire at point blank range,” an eyewitness who opted for anonymity told HumAngle.

Kinos Katuho, the leader of the civil society in Mamove, a neighbouring village, revealed that the seven persons murdered were locals from North Kivu. “The ADF rebels also burnt down several houses before disappearing into thin air,” Katuho revealed.

This was the umpteenth time ADF combatants had invaded localities in North Kivu. Last weekend, at least 30 villagers were killed by suspected ADF rebels around Samboko in North Kivu.

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