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Several killed in a church bombing in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Government has "strongly" condemned this attack perpetrated in the middle of a mass celebrated in the 8th Community of Pentecostal Churches of Congo

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Story by Daniel Stewart

Several people have been killed in a bomb attack on Sunday on a church in Kasindi, a border town between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, according to the Congolese government, which attributed the attack to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

The Government has “strongly” condemned this attack perpetrated in the middle of a mass celebrated in the 8th Community of Pentecostal Churches of Congo and which would be “evidently” the work of the ADF, according to the Congolese news portal Actualit√©.

“The security services have taken control of the site following an explosion that caused several deaths and material damage. The injured are being evacuated to medical facilities,” the Congolese Ministry of Communication has explained. “Investigations are underway to detect the origin of this terrorist act,” it added.

The authorities have reiterated the recommendations to “avoid crowds” and “be vigilant” in this area which is a recurrent target of ADF attacks, in particular on the Beni-Kasindi road.

The ADF is a Ugandan group created in the 1990s particularly active in eastern DRC and accused of killing hundreds of civilians in this part of the country.

The group underwent a split in 2019 after Musa Baluku – sanctioned by the United Nations and the United States – swore allegiance to the jihadist group Islamic State in Central Africa (ISCA), under whose banner it has been acting ever since. The increase of its attacks on Ugandan soil and the claim of an attack in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, led both countries to launch joint operations in eastern DRC.

Source: (EUROPA PRESS)

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