Eight civilians were killed on Friday, Nov. 5, in an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Kabrike near Luna, Ituri on the border with North Kivu. At least 11 other persons were wounded and twenty others were reported missing.
The attack targeted a convoy from Komanda heading to Beni. Two big buses were burnt by the assailants. According to civil society sources, four persons, two children, and two family men were burnt to death in one of the buses.
“We were en route from Kisangani heading towards North Kivu. It was when we arrived at Luna Kabrike that we were suddenly attacked by rebels of the ADF who started firing bullets at our vehicles,” one of the survivors of the attack narrated.
“Our driver received a bullet in the mouth. I received one in the knee. We are right now in the Eringeti hospital while others are nowhere to be found. We don’t know whether they are still alive or dead.”
The security situation in the territories of Beni and Irumu continues to deteriorate in spite of the state of siege declared by President Felix Tshisekedi in Ituri and North Kivu provinces on May 6, 2021.
More than 1000 civilians have died in different attacks by ADF rebels in the zone but the government insists the security situation is improving since the declaration of the state of siege.
The state of siege was on Friday Nov. 5, 2021 extended for the twelfth time following the adoption of a law by the country’s national assembly on that day.
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