At least eight civilians were killed in two separate attacks in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The first attack took place on Jan. 7, in the locality of Kiskivi, near Mamove to the west of Beni. The second attack was on Saturday, Jan. 8.
According to Kinos Katuho, President of the civil society in Mamove, the attack targeted Miliota and Mapasana villages, where two civilians were killed in their homes in both villages.
Two motorcycles believed to belong to two of the victims were also burnt.
“One corpse among the victims identified to be that of a pastor arrived here at the Oicha hospital mosque Saturday,” Katuho revealed.
After the attack, the assailants took to the road leading to the neighboring Ituri province, Kinos said, adding that the casualty figures could rise because the search for persons unaccounted for was still ongoing.
In the second attack on Saturday which took place in Kalivuli village within the Bashu chiefdom of Beni territory, four persons had their throats slit and four others were wounded by the armed gang.
According to Tsongo Kamala, the rapporteur of the civil society in Bashu, the attack started at 9 p.m. CAT and the victims were killed or wounded in their houses.
“These figures are provisional as several persons are still reported missing,” Kamala declared.
The civil society in Bashu attributed the attack to rebels of the Allied Democratic Force (ADF) in the zone where several armed groups including Maa-Mai Mazemba, accused of being responsible for several attacks against the army last week in Vuhovi and Karuruma, have been operating with impunity.
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