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ADF Rebels Kill Woman, Children In Nobili, DR Congo

The attack happened in Nobili village of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, close to the border with Uganda, where ADF is prominent.

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Wednesday, Feb. 2, killed a woman and two children during an attack on Nobili village on the DR Congo border with Uganda, to the north of Beni in the Watalinga chiefdom in North Kivu.

Local sources say the number of victims could rise as search for the dead and wounded continued in the area. They reported that the attack started around 8 p.m. local time, while the assailants targeted the centre of Nobili.

“An eleven-year-old child and a woman were killed by bullets while another woman who was in a crowd running away from the attackers towards the border with Uganda was stampeded to death,” Chief Pascal Saambili of the Watalinga chiefdom revealed.

An uneasy calm has returned to the village several hours after the clashes between the assailants and soldiers of the Ugandan armed forces based in eastern DR Congo.

The attack was the first on Nobili by ADF rebels who have been in the region since 2014 and comes two months after the installation of a Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) command headquarter in the zone.

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