At least four civilians, including three women and one man were killed on Tuesday July 27, in a violent attack by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Bulongo, situated on the Beni-Kasindi highway in the Ruwenzori sector of Beni territory of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Several persons were also reported missing after the attack. Some were suspected to have escaped into the bushes.
According to civil society sources, the attack started Monday night at 11 p.m. CAT and the victims were killed by bullets while in their homes. The assailants also looted properties and valuables from two houses and a business centre.
“The alert on the arrival of the rebels sounded very early. During the day, the body of a civilian was found in a farm. He had been killed by a bullet fired by the rebels,” explained Kasali Bin Kapepela, a representative of the Bulongo civil society.
“The information was relayed to us by one of the wounded persons who revealed that the rebels were located around Bulongo. We are at a loss to explain how the assailants succeeded in reaching the centre of Bulongo even after the advanced alert.”
The casualty figures are expected to rise as the search for the dead and wounded continues. This attack comes on the heels of another attack that took place on the Tchani-tchani-Mayimoya highway last week resulting in the deaths of 16 persons.
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