At least eight civilians were killed on Friday, Oct. 29, when Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels attacked the rural council of Bulongo on the Beni-Kasindi road in North Kivu.
According to local civil society sources, the first attack took place on Friday afternoon in Kazaroho where five persons were killed.
The victims were attacked in their farms and died after sustaining machete wounds, according to Meleki Mulala, president of the civil society in the region.
Later in the evening, the assailants killed one person in the Kighome quarter in Bulongo and one other person in Kanyatsi quarter.
“The person killed in Kanyatsi was an old man and he was butchered with a machete,” Meleki Mulala revealed.
The assailants also burnt one vehicle that was coming from the border town of Kasindi.
“At about 10 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 30, 2021 a motorcycle rider was killed in another attack in Mutilipi Kidungo on the Beni-Kasindi highway,” the source revealed.
The killing of civilians continues unabated in Beni despite the state of siege that was declared in Eastern DR Congo on May 6, 2021.
At least 45 persons have been killed by ADF rebels in different attacks within the last two weeks in the Ruwenzori sector.
The populations and local administrators have called on the army to carry out heavy operations in the area within the context of the state of siege which does not seem to be having the expected results of curbing atrocities by armed groups.
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