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.