Five men and two women were killed in an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels on Vunanga village, situated near Nobili in the Watalinga chiefdom, Beni territory of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the civil society sources, the attack on Monday, Feb. 14, took place in broad daylight and the assailants executed six persons with machetes and one by gunfire. They also took a yet-to-be-determined number of hostages.
Ten houses were razed and one business store was looted.
Eyewitnesses said there was a gunfire exchange between the rebels and the DR Congo soldiers, FARDC, forcing the rebels to withdraw, leaving behind the goods they looted.
The army spokesperson in the region indicated that four combatants were killed and four weapons, including three AK-47 rifles and one rocket-propelled grenade were recovered.
This attack comes on the heels of several other attacks against civilians in the Watalinga chiefdom for the past two weeks.
Seven civilians in all have been killed in different attacks attributed to ADF rebels near Nobili since another attack on Feb. 2, 2022 on the village.
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