Eastern Congo: ten Islamist militants and five civilians killed

Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) Soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) AFP

30 August 2020

Violence rose up again in eastern Congo, with Islamist militants and civilians killed near the town of Mbau

According to Congo military, ten Islamist militants linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group were killed after militants ambushed an army convoy in eastern Congo. Meanwhile, five innocent civilians, including three women, were killed by members of the ADF soon after, said a local community leader. Other local leaders have stated that a few civilians were taken as hostages. However, that has not been confirmed by governmental agencies. 

The ADF, an armed group originally generated in Uganda, has been operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for more than three decades. Since last year, the Congo military launched a large raid against the ADF. As a consequence, the terror group has targeted many Congolese civilians. According to United Nations figures, more than 1,000 have been victims of the group’s barbaric attacks.

The backlash sparked against civilians during the last year is now further endangering them, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

Although several attacks attributed to the ADF have been claimed by the Islamic State, researchers and analysts believe there is a substantial lack of hard evidence linking the two groups.



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Author:Barbara Caltabiano; Editor: Gianmarco Italia

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