20 villagers killed in east DR Congo militia attacks
Published: 04:18 PM, 8 August 2022 Updated: 04:48 PM, 8 August 2022
Suspected Islamist militants killed around 20 people in attacks by an armed militia group in the central African country of Congo.
The country’s military and local human rights organizations reported this information on Sunday (August 7).
Fighters believed to be from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) killed residents and burned down houses in Kandoyi and Bandiboli villages in Ituri province late on Friday and early on Saturday, said Christophe Munyanderu, coordinator of the local group Convention for the Respect of Human Rights (CRDH).
The Congolese army spokesperson in Ituri, Jules Ngongo, confirmed about 20 deaths and said Congolese forces were in pursuit of the assailants.
The ADF is a Ugandan militia that moved to eastern Congo in the 1990s. The group was responsible for 1,050 violent deaths in 2021, up from 599 in 2020, according to data from Kivu Security Tracker, which maps violence in the area.