Six persons were killed in a new attack on Ndalya village by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Sunday, Feb. 27. The village is situated in the Walese Vonkutu chiefdom of Irumu territory in Ituri province.
According to sources, the rebels, who attacked in the afternoon, also wounded two others and burnt down houses and four motorcycles.
“In less than two weeks, we have lost at least twelve civilians not counting kidnapped persons. Some inhabitants, who preferred to remain to protect the village, live in fear of an eventual return of the enemy. Let the Congolese government take charge of its responsibilities,” Sonia Malagayi, secretary of the local civil society, said.
“The inhabitants wanted to return to this village after the attack of last week but they had to flee again because of this new incursion. How can we be so abandoned into the hands of rebels? In what country are we exactly?”, another member of the civil society asked.
The Walese Vonkutu chiefdom has almost become the epicenter of Islamist activism by the ADF since 2021. Hundreds of civilians have been killed by ADF combatants in spite of the state of siege declared May 6, 2021 in Ituri and North Kivu provinces.
The violence continues while the Congolese and Ugandan armies are carrying out joint military operations against the ADF in the two provinces.
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