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ADF Kill 14 Persons In 2 Eastern DR Congo Attacks

The rebels raided twice on Saturday, June 25 and killed 14 persons, including six women, in eastern DR Congo.

The rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Saturday, June 25, killed 14 persons in  Mamove in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kinos Katuo, president of the civil society of the locality, told HumAngle that six women were among the victims, adding that the rebels injured two other persons and burnt down two houses. 

HumAngle learnt that the rebels attacked twice, leading to 14 deaths. 

But there has been no response from the military to curb the rebels. 

“We have alerted the army, but up till now, no offensive has been launched, leaving the enemy the latitude to roam all over the place, killing and looting,” Katuo lamented.

Meleki Mulala of the New Congolese Civil Society in the Ruwenzori sector of North Kivu said the ADF rebels killed five persons on the night of Saturday as they attacked Kisima Centre on the Beni-Kasindi highway leading to the border with Uganda.

The Congolese and Ugandan armies have been protecting the Beni-Kasindi highway, where construction work is going on by a Ugandan company within the context of accords signed by the two countries.

Since Nov. 30, 2021, the two armies have been carrying out joint operations to neutralise the ADF but without much success so far.

“Soldiers of the Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) have been securing only areas where engines are, which is about five kilometres from Kasindi,” said Ricardo Rupande, president of the network of civil society organisations in the Ruwenzori sector.

The army has called on the population to have confidence in the military.

Col. Charles Omeanga, the military administrator of Beni territory, assured that soon “the military will soon put the ADF enemy put out of force”.

Presented by the Islamic State as its Central African branch (Islamic State Central African Province ISCAP), the ADF is responsible for the massacre of thousands of civilians in DR Congo and having carried out jihadist attacks in Uganda.

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