DRC: At least six people killed in an attack attributed to Ugandan rebels

October 30, 2015 OPINION/NEWS

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Darell Maurice

A statement from CEPADHO indicates that the victims were killed by fighters of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist group founded in Uganda that has operated primarily on the Congolese side of the border for nearly two decades and is active in the illicit trade of minerals and timber.

According to the Centre for the Study of Promoting Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO), a local activist group, the bodies were found last Wednesday in the Congolese village of Kamakombu, more than 30 km northeast of the territorial capital of Beni.

A Commander of the Congolese army against the ADF, who spoke to press on condition of anonymity, confirmed the death toll and the alleged involvement of the ADF, adding that the bodies were heavily decomposed.

The human rights defenders on site account for more than 500 people, the number of deaths recorded in mainly nocturnal massacres in the Beni area since October, mostly in attacks with machetes and axes.

 

 

 

 

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Darell Maurice

Darell Maurice is a Journalist based in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city Kinshasa and works for Canal7kintv. He also blogs here.

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