13 Killed in DR Congo By Suspected Ugandan Rebels

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Suspected Ugandan rebels have killed 13 civilians during a raid on a village in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities have said.

The raid took place over Monday night in Ntombi village, roughly 25 miles (40km) from the Beni territory in North Kivu Province. Army representatives and human rights groups confirmed at least 13 people were killed in the attack.

 

Horrific attack

Army spokesperson, Lieutenant Mak Hazukay, confirmed the death toll, revealing the horrific nature of the attack in North Kivu Province.

“We’ve just discovered a total of 13 bodies, cut to death, including four women,” he said.

Territorial Administrator, Amisi Kalonda, also said bodies has been found, decapitated by machetes, and the village’s health centre had also been attacked.

The incident has been blamed on rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist group that originates from Uganda. The group has operated along the border between Congo and Uganda since the 1990s, but targeted attacks in the region have escalated over the last 18 months.

 

Human rights violations

The ADF was formed in Uganda in 1995 to fight the regime of Yoweri Museveni. However, the group was forced out of the country and made its new base along the border in eastern Congo.

The group is considered to be a terrorist organisation by Uganda and the UN and is accused of committing serious human rights violations – including sexual assault and recruiting child soldiers. The group is only believed to have roughly 400 members, but more than 300 people are estimated to have been killed by ADF attacks throughout 2015.

 

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