Thirty persons were killed by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week, local civil society leaders said.
Kinos Kathuho, President of the Mamove civil society in Beni territory on the boundary between North Kivu and Ituri provinces, broke the news on Saturday, March 12.
The information is yet to be confirmed by independent sources due to the inaccessibility and poor communication network in the zone where the attack took place.
According to Kathuho, ADF rebels carried out an attack on the night of Friday, March 11 to Saturday, March 12 in the village of Mambumembume.
“For now we have a casualty figure of 27 killed, several persons reported missing and several houses and motorcycles burnt down,” he said.
Two other groups of assailants were reported to have gone to other neighbouring villages where at least five persons were equally killed, Kathuho added.
“The population is right now running to all directions because there is no military protection in this sector. We call on the government to give the army sufficient means to totally eradicate this enemy.”
Meanwhile, in a related development, three civilians were killed in Eringeti which is 30 km from Mambumembume on Friday, March 11, Njiamoja Sabiti, a civil servant in the office of the Governor of North Kivu revealed. He accused the ADF of carrying out the killing.
The provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, situated in eastern DR Congo have been under a state of siege since May 6, 2021 and have for the past twenty-five years been subjected to violence by armed groups including the ADF.
Joint military operations between the DR Congo national army, FARDC and the Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF), were launched on Nov. 30, 2021 against rebels accused of massacring civilians in DR Congo and of jihadist attacks on Ugandan soil.
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