Ten civilians were killed on Sunday evening in renewed violence by combatants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the locality of Mbau about 20km north of Beni, North Kivu Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to local civil society activists, the assailants carried out two simultaneous attacks on two quarters in Mbau, the main town of Beni-Mbau.
“The first attack took place in Kitoho, where nine persons, among whom were five women, were killed mostly by bullets. The other victims were killed by mortar fire,”Esdras Mathe, the youth president in Mbau, said.
The 10th and last victim was executed in Linzo, and two houses razed to the ground not far from the Beni-Mbau sector. The terrorists also carted away several herds of cattle.
Sources in Mbau said the number of those killed might finally increase because more than 10 other persons were taken hostage by the Ugandan rebel, ADF forces who had a history of little mercy for their hostages.
The corpses of the 10 civilians are currently in the mortuary in Beni town.
Witnesses in Mbau on Monday morning told HumAngle that life had come to a standstill in the town and people could be seen in groups in various parts of the town discussing the killings.
This attack, which is the most deadly by ADF forces in Beni in recent times, comes less than 48 hours after the visit of the army chief of staff in the region.
The ADF insurgency is an ongoing conflict waged by the group based in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo against the governments of the two countries.
The insurgency began in 1995 and intensified in 2013, resulting in hundreds of deaths. The ADF is known to currently control a number of hidden camps which are home to about 2,000 people. In these camps, the ADF operates as proto-state with an internal security service, a prison, health clinics and an orphanage as well as schools for boys and girls.