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ADF Rebels Kill 9 Nziaka Villagers In DR Congo

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked Nziaka village in Beni territory of North Kivu where locals say the absence of the military is responsible for the rebels’ continuous attacks.

Rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Tuesday, June 28, attacked and killed nine villagers in the village of Nziaka, situated 17 km to the west of Mamove in Beni territory of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The rebels also burnt several houses during the attack, the Mamove civil society revealed. They killed many victims with machetes and others with guns in their homes. 

Several others were wounded, and the assailants also carted away the belongings of their victims, including cattle, revealed Kinos Katuho, leader of the Mamove civil society.

Tuesday’s attack was one of several attacks in the zone by rebels. On Monday, June 27, 2022, suspected ADF rebels attacked several villages.

Among the villages targeted were Wasafi, Kota na Respect, Musangwa, Manzumbu and Mangambo.

The civil society has called on the population to quit the zone because the army is doing nothing against the rebels.

“We call on the population of Nzakiya, Mambumembume and those around Beu-Manyama to be vigilant and leave the area because the army is not chasing the assailants,” said Kinus Katuho.

Katuho said the attack occurred due to the absence of the military in the zone.

“It was since last Friday that we have been calling on the army to reinforce its numbers without any action. We call on the military to take charge of its responsibilities,” he said.

Since last Saturday, June 25, at least 37 persons have been killed in different attacks attributed to ADF rebels in Mamove and neighbouring villages, according to figures given by the civil society.

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