Two men were killed on Monday in an ambush linked to combatants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Mighende on the Beni-Kasindi highway within the Beni territory of North Kivu, DR Congo.
Several persons were also wounded in the ambush.
According to eyewitness accounts, the attackers targeted commercial vehicles from Beni, which were going to the border town of Kasindi.
“The rebels sprayed bullets to stop the convoy of vehicles, and in the ensuing confusion, the driver of one of the vehicles was killed as well as one of the passengers,” revealed Mulwahali Masimboro, one of the drivers in the convoy who succeeded in escaping from the ambush.
“Those rebels looted my vehicle, a Toyota Dyna. They carted away several jerrycans of palm oil and bunches of plantains that belonged to traders on their way to the market. We decided to run into the bushes to save our lives,” Masimboro added.
The attack was the third within three days by the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces rebels in Beni.
At least eight civilians have been killed since last week, and the most deadly attack was in Musandaba, where bullets and machete wounds killed five persons, including one woman.
The ADF is a rebel group in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, considered a terrorist organisation by the Ugandan government.
It was initially based in western Uganda but has expanded into the neighbouring DR Congo.
Its leaders include Jamil Mukulu, Musa Baluku and Dusman Sabuni. It is estimated to have 500 fighters.