At least 13 persons were reported killed by the rebels of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Luna-Samboko village to the south of Irumu territory in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The rebels attacked Luna-Samboko village on the night of Monday to Tuesday, Jan. 15, according to local sources.
“These terrorists came from Vihura in North Kivu province. They crossed River Samboko to arrive here and carry out the killings. They killed civilians and burnt motorcycles and several houses in this village,” a human rights activist in the region told HumAngle.
Local civil society activists in the area indicated that the ADF has established a new base between Ituri and North Kivu after escaping from attacks by the DR Congo and Ugandan armies in Beni territory.
“Right now, these rebels have installed themselves in the villages of Masesele and Mongali in North Kivu and in Ituri between River Samboko and Mutweyi,” one civil society activist said.
The army is yet to comment on the news of this attack but several sources confirmed the movement of ADF combatants from Beni territory towards Irumu and Mambasa territories since the beginning of the joint operations being carried out by the DR Congo and Ugandan armies.
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