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ADF Rebels Kill 11 In DR Congo

Combatants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Monday, November 9, attacked two villages close to Mamove in the Beni territory, North Kivu and killed at least 11 (eleven) persons, local civil society sources said.

The first attack took place in the village of Mbugimayi, 10km to the north of Mamove.

According to the sources, the attack left five civilians dead. 

The president of a civil society organisation in Mamove, Kinos Katuho, revealed that the five were killed around 4 a.m.

Two kilometres away from the scene of the first killings, precisely in the village of Masekude in Ituri province, six other persons were killed around 8 a.m., according to the sources.

The ADF rebels of Ugandan origin have stepped up attacks against civilian populations within the past week and over 20 persons have been killed in four different attacks since Saturday, November 7, HumAngle learnt.

The last and most murderous attack took place in Kisima on the Beni-Kasindi highway where the attackers used guns and machetes and killed nine persons. The attackers also burnt more than 15 houses with several persons reported missing.

The ADF is a rebel group in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo considered a terrorist organisation by the Ugandan Government. It was originally based in western Uganda but has expanded into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

It was formed in 1996 with an Islamist ideology and is led by Jamil Mukulu, Musa Baluku and Dusman Sabuni.

Since the late 1990s, the ADF has operated in the DR Congo’s North Kivu province near the border with Uganda. 

With repeated military offensives against its operations, the ADF has been able to regenerate because its recruitment and financial networks have remained intact. 

Some of the attacks it has been blamed for also appear to have been committed by other rebel groups as well as the Congolese armed forces.

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