No fewer than 20 civilians were killed in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight by suspected Islamist militants.
A local resident and an activist who criticised the failure of Congolese and Ugandan forces to stop the repeated massacres said the attack happened around 9 p.m. on Sunday evening in the village of Kikura. The assailants struck at people with machetes and also burned down houses.
They blamed it on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militia that has killed thousands of civilians in eastern Congo since 2013.
The ADF started as an uprising in Uganda but has been based in Congo since the late 1990s. In 2019, it pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
Congolese and Ugandan troops launched joint operations against the ADF in late November but attacks by the group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, have continued to kill dozens of civilians each month.
Capitaine Antony Mwalushayi, a spokesman for Congo’s army, said the soldiers in the area did not learn of the attack immediately because it was carried out without firearms.