Rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been reported to have killed 38 persons in North Kivu to the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Local authorities say the attack by the ADF rebels took place on Friday, Nov. 12, noting that initial report indicated that at least five persons were killed and several others taken hostage in an attack on a hospital in Kisunga situated in Beni territory of North Kivu.
“This figure was re-evaluated to 38 dead after the discovery of new corpses on the Kamwanga-Kibasiamwagha highway,” the Kivu Security Barometre (KSB) revealed.
The local Red Cross also gave the casualty figure as 38 persons killed in three villages.
According to the KSB, “it was the most deadly ADF attack since that on Boga and Tchabi in the night of May 30 to 31 in Ituri province which resulted in the deaths of 57 civilians.”
“Most of the corpses were tied and the throats cut by machetes,” Samy Kaleverwa, the local Red Cross official in charge of search and burial of corpses said, adding that “we have not yet finished searching for corpses in the bushes.”
“We had alerted the security forces of the presence of ADF fighters in the zone but there was no reaction until the massacre was carried out,” Moise Kiputulu, president of New Civil Society Organisation of Congo in Bashu, Beni territory revealed.
These new deaths bring to 1,137, the number of civilians killed in North Kivu and Ituri since the beginning of the state of siege in the two provinces on May 6, 2021.
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