At least 30 dead in weekend DR Congo attack

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Congolese Defense Forces soldiers and United Nation forces patrol the area of an attack near the town of Oicha, 30 kms (20 miles) from Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, Friday July 23, 2021. Congo's military says at least 16 people were killed and eight injured after an attack by suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels in Congo’s North Kivu province. Others remain missing after the ambush that took place Thursday on a road between the towns of Chanichani and Mayi-Moya, around 30miles north of Beni. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
Congolese Defense Forces soldiers and United Nation forces patrol the area of an attack near the town of Oicha, 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. /AP

At least 30 people were killed in a weekend attack in the restive northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, local and UN sources said on Monday.

The jihadists of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are suspected to have carried out the attack in the area on Saturday, they said.

Dieudonne Malangayi, acting chairman of the chiefdom of Walese Vonkutu, initially said 14 people died in the attack but told AFP on Monday that more bodies had since been discovered.

“The civilians who went to look for the bodies of the victims found 16 others in the bush, which makes 30 civilians massacred,” said Malangayi.

A UN source confirmed that at least 30 people had died in the attack.

One civilian who helped look for bodies said the victims had mostly been attacked with machetes or shot.

The ADF, which the United States has deemed a terrorist group, is considered the deadliest of scores of armed militias that roam the mineral-rich eastern DR Congo.

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