A healthcare centre in Lwanoli, Watalinga chiefdom of Beni territory in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo was looted and razed in an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the evening of Wednesday, Jan.12.
A soldier of the DR Congo national army, FARDC, was wounded during the attack.
Mwami Pascal Saambili, the traditional ruler of the Watalinga chiefdom, said the ADF assailants first looted all the drugs in the healthcare centre before setting fire to it, adding that no patient was injured.
“The army was alerted to the threats on this health centre. It deployed some military elements to secure it but unfortunately, there was this attack and all the centre has been burnt down in spite of the arrival of military reinforcements,” Saambili said.
He said the attack took place at 7 p.m. local time and lasted for several hours.
“Until this morning of Thursday, January 13. No death has been registered but searches continue in the zone. Several inhabitants fled in the night to neighboring villages notably to Kikura and Nobili,” the leader revealed.
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