Fifty-two civilians were killed by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels during attacks on several villages in Ituri province situated in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, local sources revealed on Monday, March 14.
Sources said the rebels attacked four villages and killed 19 persons on Sunday, March 13 in Irumu territory.
“The villages attacked were Carriere where eight civilians were lost, Apakoluy where four civilians were killed, Apamayaya recorded two deaths, and Kimautu where five deaths were reported,” said Christophe Munyanderu, Coordinator of the Convention pour le Respect des Droits de l’Homme en Ituri, a local Non-governmental Organisation (NGO).
“On Monday, March 15, Apende and Ndimo villages were also targets of ADF attacks resulting in 18 and 15 civilian deaths respectively. In total, 52 civilians were killed between Sunday and Monday,” added Munyanderu, indicating that the figures were provisional.
“These ADF rebels have once again killed. We found 18 corpses in Apende,” a senior military officer declared on condition of anonymity.
“Fifty-two civilians is a very high death toll. It hurts to the core. If all the alerts by the civilian population were taken into consideration, the ADF would not have killed that many civilians.”
All the villages attacked are in the Walese Vonkutu chiefdom, an enclaved zone on the border with North Kivu province.
By last weekend, 30 persons were also killed in North Kivu in attacks by suspected rebels of the ADF.
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