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Three civilians killed by rebels in Eastern DR Congo clashes

Fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces rebel group are reported to have launched the attacks on two villages in Eastern DR Congo, the death toll is thought likely to climb.

Rebels have macheted and shot to death at least three people in North Kivu. Many more people are missing following the clashes, local civil society officials say.

Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels early on Monday September 19, 2022 morning attacked the villages of Pointi and Maleki, located seven kilometres to the northeast of Oicha in Beni territory of North Kivu.

According to Kinos Katuho, president of the Mamove civil society, the victims were killed by both machetes and bullets in their houses.

The death toll remains provisionary as several persons are still unaccounted for. The assailants remain on the prowl in the zone and their presence has been indicated in the villages of Mantumbi and Baeti, according to the civil society which has called on the population to remain prudent and also called on the military to reinforce its troop strength in the zone in order to prevent other eventual attacks.

It should be noted here that besides the ADF, there are other armed groups in the zone, including the Mai-Mai Kyandenga, which according to the DR Congo national army, FARDC, supports the ADF.

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