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At least 10 killed in DR Congo church bomb attack

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a bomb attack during a service at a Protestant church in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the country’s army.

The explosion killed at least 10 people and wounded 39 others, army spokesman Anthony Mualushay said on Sunday. Both tolls were provisional, he added.

Mualushay said the attack during the Sunday service in the city of Kasindi, on the border with Uganda, was likely carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed group that has pledged allegiance to ISIL (ISIS).

Later on Sunday, the ISIL group claimed responsibility for the attack. The ADF began as an uprising in Uganda but has been based in the DRC since the late 1990s.

Survivors and witnesses said the blast severed some people’s limbs from their bodies.

Kasindi is in a province where Congolese and Ugandan forces have launched a campaign against the ADF.

It pledged allegiance to ISIL in mid-2019 and is accused of killing hundreds of villagers in frequent raids over the past two years.


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