Children among casualties in latest DRC rebel attack

At least 11 villagers, including a child, were brutally killed in a recent attack blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials reported on Tuesday.

The attack occurred on Monday evening in Ndimo village, located in the gold-rich Ituri province, according to Dieudonne Malangay, a local civil society leader. 

The ADF, a Ugandan rebel group with a presence in eastern DRC for over three decades, is notorious for its violence against civilians, with thousands killed in their attacks.

Recent weeks have seen a surge in violence by the ADF, targeting villages, travellers, and even pillaging health centres.”

The victims were shot and killed with machetes,” Malangay recounted to AFP. “We found the bodies of 11 civilians, including six women, four men, and one child” on Tuesday.

Multiple sources confirmed the death toll, including a humanitarian source, local administrators’ assistants, and Ituri’s army spokesperson Jules Ngongo. 

Malangay criticized the response of Congolese and Ugandan soldiers deployed in the area, claiming they intervened “late” after the attack had already unfolded.

The ADF’s brutality extends beyond civilian massacres in DR Congo. 

The group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2019, becoming its purported Central African branch. They have also been accused of carrying out attacks in neighbouring Uganda.

A joint military operation launched by Kampala and Kinshasa in November 2021 aimed to neutralize the ADF threat.

However, the recent attack underscores the ongoing violence against civilians despite these efforts.

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