At least nine civilians were killed in an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Ngadule village situated in western Oicha, Beni territory of North Kivu, the DR Congo military high command announced on Wednesday, Oct. 27.
The attack took place on Friday, Oct. 22, but the bodies of the victims were discovered on Monday, Oct. 25.
“The assailants used knives and machetes to kill their victims. Four of the corpses in an advanced state of decomposition were buried on the spot where they were discovered,” a senior official at the Oicha Reference Hospital revealed, adding that all the dead victims were men.
“The other corpses were brought here on Monday evening and kept in the mortuary.”
There were many attacks by the ADF in various areas of Beni territory leaving at least 30 persons dead in the Ruwenzori sector alone.
“All these killings are going on even as the state of siege decreed by President Felix Tshisekedi on May 6, 2021 remains in force,” a civil society activist who declined to identify himself for fear of reprisals told HumAngle.
“We are beginning to question the raisons d’etre of the stage of siege in the first place.”
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