Democratic Republic of Congo : Members of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)  killed again civilians in northeast Kivu.

Democratic Republic of Congo : Members of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)  killed again civilians in northeast Kivu.

Democratic Republic of Congo : Members of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)  killed again civilians in northeast Kivu.

/ POLITIQUE / Tuesday, 07 September 2021 10:26

source photo: Al Jazera

 

By Kabakura Jean Bosco Ceusi 

The attack occurred in the Ituri region on Saturday, officials said, as the restive region sees a rise in deadly rebel attacks.

At least 30 people were killed in a weekend attack in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to local and UN sources.

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group is suspected of having carried out the attack on Saturday, they said on Monday.

 

The DRC accepted US military help against ADF militia after several civilians were burned and hacked to death by the rebel group   

Dieudonne Malangayi, acting chairman of the chiefdom of Walese Vonkutu, initially said 14 people died in the attack but told AFP news agency on Monday that more bodies had since been discovered.

“The civilians who went to look for the bodies of the victims found 16 others in the bush, which makes 30 civilians massacred,” said Malangayi.

A UN source confirmed to AFP that at least 30 people were killed in the attack.

One civilian who helped look for bodies said the victims had mostly been attacked with machetes or shot.

The ADF, which the United States has deemed a “terrorist group”, is considered the deadliest of many armed groups that roam the mineral-rich eastern DRC.

In August, the group burned and hacked to death at least 19 civilians in the Beni territory of North Kivu, according to local officials.

The Catholic Church in the country says that the ADF has killed about 6,000 civilians since 2013, while the US based Kivu Security Tracker (KST), blames ADF  for more than 1,200 deaths in the Beni area alone since 2017.

Congolese authorities’ crackdown against ADF included a “state of siege” that started in early May, in which top officials in North Kivu and neighboring Ituri province have been replaced by members of the security forces who have been granted far-reaching powers.

 

Human rights organisations against the use of State of siege 

 Amnesty International and other Human rights organisations  advised  against  the « state of siege » when it came into force in May. This decision  could lead to more human rights violations if abused.

Civil society activists have called for an end to the siege, saying “the rights of citizens are increasingly trampled on”.

In August, President Felix Tshisekedi authorized US special forces to help the Congolese army battle the ADF, which is believed to be linked to the ISIL (ISIS) armed group.

Since April 2019, ISIL (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for some of the ADF attacks and, in March this year, Washington placed the ADF on a list of “terrorist organizations” affiliated with ISIL.

United Nations experts, however, have said they have not found conclusive evidence that ISIL has control over ADF operations.

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