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Suicide Bomber Die, Others Sustain Injuries In DR Congo Twin Explosions

Two separate events have led to damage to properties and injuries on victims across Beni town, North Kivu, DR Congo.

A kamikaze suicide bomber died and several persons sustained injuries in two separate explosions on Butsili quarter in the Mulekera Council Area and Mabakanga quarter situated in the Ruwenzori Council Area, both in Beni town of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the authorities, the first attack which was on the Butsili Catholic Parish in Beni was the handiwork of terrorists.

The government confirmed that the explosion was caused by an artisanal bomb and the authorities in Kinshasa have “condemned with the last energy” the cowardly act which resulted in two persons sustaining wounds and material damage.

The second explosion took place last evening in Mabakanga quarter situated in the Ruwenzori Council Area precisely in the centre of Beni town in North Kivu.

An army spokesperson in the region revealed that the explosion was detonated by a kamikaze bomber who himself died.

The government says it is “closely following this situation which is under control by the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo who remain more than ever before, determined to put an end to the activism of armed groups in this part of the country.”

“The military pressure against these terrorists of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the Madina a Tauheed Wau Mujahedeen (MTM) justifies the cowardly and cruel comportment of today,” the army spokesperson declared.

“This on the contrary motivates the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo to intensify the tracking down of these terrorists who are currently in disarray right into their last hideout.”

Reacting to the double explosions, the party of Vital Kamerhe, the Union for the Congolese Nation declared that “These terrorist attacks sufficiently demonstrate the gravity of the situation in the region and reminds us that these repeated barbaric acts necessitate the mobilization of all the international community.”

For Felix Tshisekedi Peter Kazadi, provincial parliamentarian for Kinshasa, “the international community must inscribe the Democratic Republic of Congo on the list of countries threatened by terrorism.”

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