13 Dead Following Church Attack in DR Congo

Suicide bombing claim responsibility by Islamic State – ADF possibly linked with attack

Congo (DRC) was struck by a horrific bombing and the aftermath was felt today when local authorities informed EFE today, who inspected the place and also counted 63 injured.

Bathelemi Sivavuyirwa, the adminstrator of Kasindi town (on the border shared by the DRC with Uganda in the North Kivu province) told the press that the situation is relatively calm after the bomb explosion.

The bombing happened at 11am local time (9am GMT) when a religious service was taking place. Islamic State (EI) assumed responsibility for the attack on Monday through a statement and claimed that “at least twenty Christians” were killed in the attack.

The Congolese government, however, pinned the blame on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a rebel group of Ugandan origin. They currently have bases in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, near the border shared with Uganda.

The security services have taken over the site after the explosion which caused both human loss and damage to property. The Congo army have already arrested a suspect—a Kenyan in his thirties.

Since 2017, Allied Democratic Forces have been linked to at least 4,900 deaths in 936 attacks in the Congo. According to the Ugandan authority, they are responsible for the suicide bombing in Kampala in Nov 2021 and the assassination and attempted assassinations of the senior officials in the country.

To tackle the menace of the ADF, both the Congo and the Uganda armies began a joint military operation on Congolese soil at the end of Nov 2021 and it is still ongoing.

Eastern Congo have been stuck in a conflict since 1998 under various rebel militias and the army despite the presence of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (Monusco).

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