DR Congo army: An army officer and his wife lynched by the public

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Servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) stand guard as people gathered to attend the public hearing of suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a partly Islamist militia of Ugandan origin blamed for the death of hundreds of civilians in eastern DRC, in Beni on August 20, 2016. Authorities slapped a dawn-to-dusk curfew on two northeast Congo towns on August 18, 2016, following deadly clashes over the government's failure to prevent repeated civilian massacres. The slaying in which victims were the latest in a string of massacres that has left more than 700 dead since 2014. / AFP / KUDRA MALIRO (Photo credit should read KUDRA MALIRO/AFP via Getty Images)

A crowd in eastern DR Congo on Saturday lynched two people they suspected of being members of a militia blamed for the killing of more than 100 civilians over the past month.

FILE PHOTO:Servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) stand guard as people gathered to attend the public hearing of suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces ,in Beni on August 20, 2016./AFP/Getty Images

The army however said the pair were a sergeant and his wife.

The killings came on the same day that the United Nations peacekeeping chief visited eastern DR Congo where anti-UN protests have erupted since the militia attacks.

Munitions were found in the bags of the two people, a man and a woman dressed in civilian clothes, in the town of Beni.

The crowd of several dozen people accused them of being members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a shadowy armed group with links to Ugandan Islamists, the AFP reported.

“They didn’t have ID and when we checked their bags we found ammunition, military garb and cartridge clips,” said Fabrice Muhindo, who works at the car park where the lynchings took place.

“They are ADF members who were on their way to an operation against the population. We neutralized them,” he told AFP.

The two were actually an army sergeant and his wife, the army said late Saturday.

Sergeant Bahati Sisimbume was heading to his duty station in Ituri province, north of Beni, army spokesman Mak Hazukai said.

The killings came after another soldier was lynched in Oicha, 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of Beni, on Friday by civilians who mistook him for an ADF member.

 

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