Suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Saturday, July 9, killed five persons, including four children, in the Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Around 9 p.m., they attacked the village of Busiyo in Irumu territory and burnt down several houses,” said Jacques Anayeyi, president of the youth council in the Banyali Tchabi chiefdom.
Anayeyi disclosed that the rebels set the five persons killed in the attack on fire. They also wounded five other persons and abducted several others.
“We were about sensitising the inhabitants to return to their homes, but with this latest attack by ADF terrorists, their return will be difficult,” said Faustin Babanilao Mboma, president of the Banyali Tchabi community, who confirmed the casualty figure of five persons killed.
According to Jacques Anayeyi, the rebels, last Thursday, July 7, 2022, attacked other villages in neighbouring chiefdoms, killing two persons and kidnapping forty others.
In North Kivu, a local leader on Friday, July 8, 2022, announced the ADF rebels killed 13 civilians, including three children and burnt a health centre during an attack on Lume in Beni territory.
The assailants went towards the Virunga national park, which has since become a hideout for the past thirty years of local and foreign armed groups operating in the area.
The provinces of North Kivu and Ituri have, since May 6, 2021, been under a state of siege, which is an extreme measure giving full powers to the army but which has, up to date, not succeeded in putting an end to violence in the two provinces.
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