At least five civilians were killed on Thursday night, Nov. 11, while a yet-to-be ascertained number were abducted when rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a hospital in Beni, east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the army authorities said.
The rebels also set the hospital ablaze.
“The ADF enemy attacked a health facility to get pharmaceutical products and eventually burnt the hospital this night from Thursday to Friday. They also killed at least five civilians,” Captain Anthony Mwalushayi, the army spokesperson in Beni, North Kivu revealed.
“From the time of our arrival at 4:30 a.m. up till 10:00 hours, the army neutralized eight ADF rebels in the course of clashes in the village of Kisunga, situated to the south of the town of Butembo, an important commercial hub in the zone.”
HumAngle learnt that a hospital guard, a patient, and a caregiver were among those killed by the rebels.
“They took two nurses hostage as well as other persons whose number is yet to be determined,” Roger Wangeve, President of the Kisunga civil society said.
The villagers of Kisunga have fled into the bushes or neighbouring communities.
The ADF has recently increased its attacks on medical facilities to get medical supplies for its fighters.
Originally a coalition of Ugandan armed groups, the largest of which was composed of Muslims opposed to the government of President Yoweri Museveni, the ADF has since 1995 pitched residence in eastern DR Congo.
Since April 2019, some of their attacks have been claimed by the Islamic State organisation which designates the ADF as its Central African Province.
In March this year, the United States of America placed the ADF among terrorist groups affiliated to the jihadist Islamic State.
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