Twenty civilians killed in DRC rebel attack
On Sunday evening, twenty people were killed in an attack suspected to have been perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.
The attack took place in Kikura village, which is located on the eastern side of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The ADF struck around 9pm with militants wielding machetes and burning houses in the village.
According to a report from David Moaze, a lawyer affiliated with the DRC rights group ADDHO, two women and one nine-year-old girl were among those killed by the rebels.
The ADF has been described by the Islamic State as its “regional branch” in Central Africa and it is wreaking havoc in the eastern regions of the DRC. Since March of 2020, the United States has listed the ADF as a terrorist group affiliated with Islamic State jihadists.
The Congolese government has made several attempts to suppress the ADF. Last May, DRC officials imposed of a “state of siege” in several states that enabled a military crackdown on the rebels.