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At least 20 dead in northeastern DRC after attack

Congolese Defense Forces soldiers in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo   -  
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Democratic Republic Of Congo

An attack late on Sunday evening claimed the lives of at least 20 civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Suspected ADF militants murdered residents from the village of Kikura in the northeastern part of the country.

According to witnesses, the assailants struck on Sunday at around 9 p.m. with machetes and burned down houses.

Residents blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militia that has killed thousands of civilians in eastern Congo since 2013.

The attack took place as Congolese and Ugandan forces allied to stop the repeated massacres.

A spokesman for Congo's army, said to Reuters it had taken time for soldiers in the area to learn of the attack since it was carried out without firearms.

The locality of Beni in the North-Kivu province has been under a "state of siege" since May 2021.

Later that year, Congolese president Felix Tshisekedi allowed Ugandan forces to enter the central African country in order to chase ADF fighters.

The ADF started in the late 1990's as an uprising in Uganda before settling down in Congo.

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