AU calls for action against ADF over killings in DRC

The African Union (AU) has strongly condemned a series of brutal attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that claimed the lives of at least 150 civilians in June.

AU Commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed his deep concern over the “increasing massacres of innocent civilians” carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the Beni and Lubero territories of North Kivu province.

The statement released on Monday emphasized the AU’s condemnation of these attacks.

Mahamat urged the Congolese government to collaborate with neighboring countries to intensify efforts against the terrorist threat plaguing the Great Lakes region.

He reaffirmed the AU’s commitment to supporting these nations in their fight against terrorism.

The attacks are believed to be the work of the ADF, a rebel group with roots in Uganda.

The ADF has been active in eastern DRC for decades and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2019.

Despite joint operations launched by the Congolese and Ugandan armies in late 2021, the group continues to inflict violence on civilians.

The eastern DRC has endured a long and bloody conflict fueled by armed groups.

The recent massacres underscore the ongoing struggle for peace and stability in the region.

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