Rebels kill at least 22 civilians in eastern Congo village
Rebels kill at least 22 civilians in eastern Congo village

At least 22 civilians were killed on Monday night after rebels attacked a village in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), local officials said. The attack, perpetrated by the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces occurred in the Mwenda village of the Beni territory, eastern DRC.

Donat Kibwana, the administrator of the Beni territory, told Anadolu Agency that "ADF rebels attacked the village of Mwenda on Monday around 1900 GMT, killing 22 civilians with machetes," it adds that the death toll is provisional.

Fulbert Kasairo, a local official, told Anadolu Agency that a dozen other villagers were also kidnapped by the attackers in order to transport stolen goods to other localities. "Our region is a powder keg, a cemetery. We live in a dying house while the authorities are disinterested," Kasairo said indignantly.

Congo's eastern borderlands with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi have been ravaged by attacks by militias, many formed of remnants of groups that fought in Congo's civil wars around the turn of the century. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for many suspected ADF attacks in the past, although U.N. experts said last week that they have been unable to confirm any direct link between the two groups.

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