7 killed in rebel attack in northeast Congo

Seven bodies had been found in Matembo, a few kilometres from Beni, all of them hacked to death by machetes and axes.

7 killed in rebel attack in northeast Congo

World Bulletin / News Desk

Seven civilians have been killed in an attack on Beni, an area in North-Kivu region in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The attack was most likely staged by Ugandan rebels known as Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), according to a civil society activist in the region.

"Ugandan rebels late on Friday attacked the residents of Matembo, killing seven and wounding four others," Gilbert Kambale, the head of NGO African Association for the Defense of Human Rights, told Anadolu Agency.

He said the rebels also slaughtered a large number of goats and chicken owned by the residents of the town.

The attack, which took place only a kilometer away from Mavivi Airport, raises the number of civilian victims in North-Kivu to 300 in the past five months, Kambale said.

Congolese authorities have not commented on the attack yet.

The DRC army – backed by UN troops – managed to recapture northern areas earlier held by the Ugandan rebels.

Nevertheless, the Ugandan rebels stage occasional attacks against civilians in the northeastern part of the DRC.

Before October of 2014, the rebels – who oppose to the government of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni – had carried out multiple attacks in Beni that left 325 people dead, according to a 2014 Human Rights Watch report.

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