Locals Discover Decomposing Corpses In DR Congo Village

The seven corpses, including those of four women, were identified as victims of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacks in the area.

Seven corpses in an advanced state of decomposition were discovered on Saturday, Jan. 22, in Ndama-Lubano village of Ruwenzori sector in Beni territory of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The seven corpses, including those of four women, were identified as victims of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacks in the area. The discovery by the locals came four days after assailants suspected to be ADF combatants attacked the village.

“The people discovered these corpses, thanks to a search carried out in the zone after the arrival of the national army in the area,” a local civil society activist in Mwenda, a neighbouring village, Jeremy Mbueki, told HumAngle, adding that the victims were killed by bullets in their homes.

The number of corpses is expected to increase because attempts to contact neighbouring villages since the attack which took place last Tuesday, Jan. 18, have been fruitless.

“The silence from the neighbouring villages is frightening. One has the impression everybody has been killed,” Mbueki declared.

The ADF menace in the zone has been permanent for quite some time now and even the arrival of the joint forces of the DR Congo and Ugandan armies in the province has not prevented the ADF from continuing with their atrocities.

The last clash between the army and ADF rebels was Sunday. Jan. 23, in the village of Vuseya, not far away from Ndama.

No casualty figures have been released neither by the army nor the rebels.

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