Two killed by machete near scene of Democratic Republic of Congo massacre

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a partly Islamist armed group of Ugandan origin, is accused of carrying out the brutal slayings, the latest of which took place overnight August 13-14 and left 51 people dead.

By: AFP | Beni (dr Congo) | Published: August 23, 2016 10:06 pm
congo, dr congo, democratic republic of congo, congo war, congo massacre, congo rebels, congo news, africa news, world news The Congolese government has blamed the mass murders on the ADF, but a report published in March by the Congo Research Group at New York University, which probed these massacres, claimed that soldiers from the regular army had also participated in the killings. Representational file image.

Two people were killed in a machete attack in an eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo where rebels have been blamed for a series of civilian massacres, the army said. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a partly Islamist armed group of Ugandan origin, is accused of carrying out the brutal slayings, the latest of which took place overnight August 13-14 and left 51 people dead.

Lieutenant Mak Hazukay, an army spokesman in North Kivu province, told AFP that late yesterday the ADF had entered the town of Kiteya – about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the city of Beni. The rebels “killed two people with a machete, wounded six others, burned down seven houses and torched four motorcycles,” he said.

The region around Beni has been the target of a series of massacres that have claimed more than 700 lives since 2014. The Congolese government has blamed the mass murders on the ADF, but a report published in March by the Congo Research Group at New York University, which probed these massacres, claimed that soldiers from the regular army had also participated in the killings.

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