Tuesday, February 20

At Least 10 Dead and 20 Missing in Congo Rebel Attack

At least ten are dead, and twenty are missing. That is the hard balance after an attack in the province of North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Local officials report that Tuesday evening’s attack is attributed to rebel group ADF, the Central African branch of the Islamic State terrorist group.

The attack took place in the centre of the village of Vido. About 25 houses have been set on fire. It sounds that the Congolese and Ugandan soldiers who were present in the area were said to have arrived “late” on the spot.

Eleven bodies have been found, according to a local official. Most of them were stabbed to death.

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), proposed by the Islamic State terrorist group as its branch in Central Africa, has been accused of killing civilians in eastern Congo and of attacks in Uganda.

Congo and Uganda have been fighting together against the armed group since November 2021. In recent months, however, the number of attacks attributed to ADF has risen in eastern Congo. Martial law has been in place in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu since May 2021, but it has not led to a reduction in violence.

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