ADF Rebels Kill DR Congo Civilians, Burn Vehicles In Kundala Village Attack

The ADF rebels ambushed vehicles coming to Kundala village, killed the occupants and burnt the vehicles.

Three Democratic Republic of Congo civilians were killed and nine vehicles burnt on  Tuesday May 10, during an ambush by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in Kundala village, about six kilometres from Lolwa on the national highway number four between Komanda and Mambasa.

Sebo Amisi, Chief of the Babila Bayaku tribal group said the vehicles fell into the rebels’ ambush after leaving Mambasa and arrived at Kundala village.

“Two other corpses were found after the rebels had fled. All this happened about six kilometres from my residence here in Lolwa around 9 o’clock in the morning. We regret this umpteenth attack on national highway number four,” he said.

John Vleveryo, the coordinator of the new civil society in Mambasa, has condemned the incident and called on the DR Congo Government to take charge of its responsibilities.

“We do not understand why there are several forces in the region but deaths still happen when we were already thinking that we have seen the end of deaths in the region. The government must take its responsibilities to eradicate the ADF phenomenon and its allies who are now scattered all over the forests along national highway number four,” Vleveryo said. 

The Komanda-Mambasa and Kisangani highway is the entry and exit point into the greater western province where traffic is intense in spite of the regular killings.

During this period of the state of siege and since the strikes by the joint DR Congo armed forces, FARDC and Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) in Boga on the Komanda-Luna highway, the ADF rebels have moved towards Mambasa where they have been looting and burning houses while abducting people and taking them into the bushes.

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