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ADF Rebels Attack Mukoko Village In DR Congo, Kill Civilians

The rebels launched another attack on Mukoko village on Sunday, killing at least two civilians days after they carried out an attack on the same village.

Barely 72 hours after the rebels of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out an attack on Mukoko village to the north of Oicha in Beni territory of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, the rebels launched another attack on the village on Sunday, Feb. 6, leading to the deaths of two civilians.

“The ambush took place early in the evening. The victims who were members of the same family were on a motorcycle coming from Otomabere in Ituri and were going to Oicha,” Patrick Musubao, President of the local civil society revealed. 

“They were shot and their motorcycle burnt,” Musubao said.

He added that “the assailants even attached an artisanal bomb to the corpse of one of the victims which was abandoned on the scene of the crime.”

“The bomb was deactivated on Monday, morning Feb. 7 and all the corpses are right now in the mortuary of the Oicha general hospital.”

This was the second ambush attributed to ADF rebels in the village of Mukoko since last week. 

On Friday, Feb. 4, three other civilians were killed and one motorcycle burnt in the same village. This brings to five, the number of civilians killed in two ambushes in 72 hours in the same village.

Mukoko is the village that witnessed the first killings of civilians by the ADF in Beni in 2014.

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