Rebel Attacks in Congo Increase to 60

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Beni’s civil society leader announced that the new bodies were found thanks to investigations by the army, the technical and scientific police, and the Red Cross.

An attack in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), linked to the so-called Islamic State (Daesh in Arabic), killed 60 people.

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During the massacre, the rebels also burned down almost all the houses in the village of Masala, located in the territory of Benin, in the province of North Kivu.

Beni civil society spokesman Delphin Mupanda reported It’s a real massacre. Most of these bodies are burned. These are people who were certainly locked in the houses before the fires started».

The civil society leader said, We worked all night with the Army to find these bodies. It was difficult. Now, the provincial authority is making arrangements to bury these corpses».

#RDC????????: Cette semaine, ce sont plus de 60 personnes qui ont été tuées en territoire de Beni (Nord-Kivu) dans l’Est de la RD Congo. À plusieurs endroits de la région tout au long de la semaine, des tueries ont eu lieu, revendiquées par les ADF, des terroristes d’origine ougandaise… pic.twitter.com/zBAx7BWUWn

— Dunia Kongo Media (@DuniaKongoMedia) June 9, 2024

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This week, more than 60 people were killed in Beni territory (North Kivu) in eastern DR Congo. In several places in the region throughout the week, killings took place, claimed by the ADF, terrorists of Ugandan origin affiliated with the Islamic State. These massacres take place while the Armed Forces of the DR Congo are already facing the M23 in the same province of North Kivu: a rebellion supported by Rwanda.

The massacre occurred a day after the same terrorist group killed 13 people in two villages in Mamove territory, also in Beni.

The Ugandan authorities also accuse the group of being the perpetrators of several attacks within its territory, for this reason in November 2021, the two countries initiated a joint military operation, still ongoing, to end the massacres.

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