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Corpses Of DR Congo Civilians Previously Abducted By ADF Rebels Found

The ADF rebel group has stepped up attacks within the Watalinga chiefdom precisely in Nobili and neighbouring villages on the Ugandan border.

The corpses of six civilians held hostage by Rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have been discovered in the bushes in Watalinga chiefdom of Beni territory of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The deceased were buried on Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Lutundula village, Batalinga tribal group.

The six dead people were taken hostage during an attack by ADF rebels on the villages of Mabhale, Gogo, and Lutundula on Monday, Feb. 7.

According to civil society sources, the six hostages were killed by machetes on the same spot in Lutundula and their corpses were discovered by a search party of soldiers who were accompanied by youths from the area.

Locals say more corpses would be discovered as the search continues in Watalinga villages after the Monday attack. 

David Muwaze, the leader of the civil society in Watalinga revealed that a woman seriously wounded by bullets was also found and taken to a health facility in Nobili.

The ADF rebel group has stepped up attacks within the Watalinga chiefdom precisely in Nobili and neighbouring villages on the Ugandan border.

Meanwhile, a drunk soldier of the DR Congo national army, FARDC, on Wednesday, Feb. 9, shot three civilians to death including two women in Benengule quarter, in the Beu council of Beni town in North Kivu.

Security sources identified the soldier as a second-class soldier adding that one of the women was a concubine to him. The soldier also killed himself.

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