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Corpses Of 5 Civilians Killed By ADF Rebels In DR Congo Discovered

Crimes continue to increase in the Ituri province of DR Congo despite a protracted state of siege.

The bodies of five civilians suspected to have been killed by rebels of the Alliance Democratic Forces (ADF) have been discovered in the village of Mapasana, near the locality of Mamove, Beni territory in North Kivu.

According to Kinos Katuho, President of the Mamove civil society, the bodies discovered on Friday, Aug. 6 were still lying where they were found and were yet to be removed and buried.

No one could immediately identify the deceased who were all reported to have been killed either by bullets or machetes.

Meanwhile, two other bodies were also discovered Friday in the neighbouring village of Mbingi, bringing the number of persons killed in the locality to 10.

In both attacks, properties were destroyed and several people were forced to abandon their homes and flee into the bushes.

Violence continues to mount in the region despite the state of siege imposed in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.

The state of siege was declared on May 6, by President Felix Tshisekedi with a view to ending incessant rebel attacks in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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