Church bombed in DRC leaves several people injured
At least two people were injured on Sunday when a makeshift bomb exploded inside a Catholic church in Beni City of North Kibu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“I had just entered the church, I hadn’t even managed to sit down, I heard an explosin […] Blood started flowing from my mouth,” one of the injured women, Antoinette Kavira, told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) from her hospital bed.
While no group has come forward to claimed responsibility for the bombing, many believe it to be the work of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a terrorist group that has been active in the area for decades.
While a large majority (85-90%) of DRC’s population is Christian, violence rooted in Islamic extremism continues to worsen. “These predominantly Christian communities are attacked by an Islamic extremist group with a clear Islamic expansionist agenda,” Open Doors spokesperson Illia Djadi stated in reference to ADF.