During attacks on three villages in eastern Congo Islamist militants killed at least 20 civilians, the army and a local administrator said. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militant group that has been fighting for more than three d...
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During attacks on three villages in eastern Congo Islamist militants killed at least 20 civilians, the army and a local administrator said.
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militant group that has been fighting for more than three decades in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, have killed more than 1,000 civilians since the beginning of 2019, according to estimates from the United Nations.
On Wednesday, the army and local authorities discovered the victims of the new massacre in the villages of Mapasana, Mayitike and Sayuni, about 30 km northwest of Beni.
The killings came after a similar raid that left 13 dead only three days later.
The Congo army launched a large-scale offensive against the ADF late last year, sparking a series of retaliation attacks on civilians that the U.N. Says it may constitute war crimes.
"The population is nervous and on alert," said Rosette Kabula, Beni territory's deputy administrator. "This is a mourning time."
"Our ultimate mission is to protect the integrity of the national territory, but the enemy is sadly bypassing our troops to attack the people," an army spokesman, Antony Mwalushayi said.
The attacks began about 6 p.m. Monday, and ended at 5 a.m. The next day, a prominent civil rights organization according to CEPADHO.
"Our reports say that the attackers have engaged in real carnage," CEPADHO vice president Omar Kavota said in a statement.
Islamic State has also reported some attacks linked to the ADF, but researchers and analysts say there is a lack of hard evidence connecting the two parties.
The insecurity forced hundreds of thousands to leave their homes and complicated the response of Congo to the pandemic COVID-19