At least 50 persons were killed between Sunday and Monday, May 30-31, 2021 during an attack on two villages in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new provisional count released by a group of experts.
“The total number of deaths following attacks last night (Sunday to Monday, May 30-31) has increased to at least 50 civilians killed, (which is provisional): 28 in Boga and 22 in Tchabi in the Irumu and Ituri territory,” the Kivu Security Barometer group of experts has indicated.
The first report of deaths put the number of civilians killed in the two attacks at 39.
The assailants, suspected to be rebels of the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked the Rubingo camp for displaced persons not far from Boga.
Although civil society activists in the area accuse the ADF of carrying out the attacks, there exists strong antagonisms between various ethnic groups in Irumu and Ituri territories.
The two villages that were attacked, Boga and Tchabi, are 10 kilometres from each other and are situated at the limit between North Kivu and Ituri in a border zone with Uganda where the ADF is very active.
The ADF is one of the several armed groups active in the region and has been responsible for violent attacks on inhabitants for the past 25 years. It is notorious for being the most murderous of the rebel groups operating in the area.
On March 11, the United States of America placed the ADF among terrorist groups affiliated to jihadists of the Islamic State organization.
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