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More than 80 Christians killed in terrorist attacks in Congo

According to the Christian Broadcasting Network: "More than 80 Christians were killed, including a Congolese army officer, in an attack by Caliphate soldiers in eastern Congo".

Volunteers and Congolese security officers were digging to find the remains of recently murdered Christians in an attack at Masala on the 9th of June. The terrorists of the Allied Democratic Forces struck again four days later, killing another 42 people. The victims are members of various churches, including the 3e CBCA, CEBSE, Catholic and CECA20 churches. Many were working on their farms when the attack occurred.

Samuel Kakule, a civil society leader in Mangurujipa, witnessed the attack: “Around 2 p.m. yesterday, we were told of the presence of the enemy, and later they fired on the peaceful population, and the bodies began arriving at the hospital.”

Local authorities confirmed that the total number of people killed this month is around 150. A civil society leader, Seba Paluku, who attended the site with soldiers, confirmed that many of the bodies were “tied up” and “decapitated”. He also stated: “The bodies are lying still on the ground. There’s no means of transporting them because vehicles can’t get there”. 

The Allied Democratic Forces, which started as a Ugandan Muslim majority rebel coalition, has established a presence over the past three decades in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing thousands of civilians. It pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2019. 

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for about 15 attacks on Christian villages, killing 125 civilians between the 1st and 11th of June this year. Despite the joint operations of Ugandan and Congolese armies to stop the terrorists, the presence of the ADF is getting stronger and more devastating. 

According to Jo Newhouse, an Open Doors spokesperson: “The rate at which the ADF continue to attack Christian communities in eastern DRC is horrifying. Christians are forced to flee, and some churches in the affected villages have closed because of the latest attacks. These unabated attacks came at a time when Christian farmers were preparing for harvest. The impact is that many families are without means to feed their families, and the unprepared displacement has put pressure on the livelihood of Christian families now on the move to unknown destinations.”




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