Suspected Islamist Militants kill 19, burn church in eastern Dr. Congo

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On Wednesday, November 20, suspected Islamist militiamen killed at least nineteen people overnight in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Moreover, the local officials blamed the Allied Democratic Republic of Congo for the attack.

However, during the two separate attacks, about 35km (22 miles) apart, the assailants also kidnapped several people and torched a Catholic Church.

Recall that the Congolese army began an offensive three weeks ago near the Ugandan border.

Meanwhile, the ADF is one of the dozens of rebel groups active in the mineral-rich areas where civil wars are prominent.

The Islamic State has claimed previous attacks by the ADF but the extent of their relationship is still sketchy.

In addition, the army Spokesperson Mak Hazukay confirmed the death of seven people on the outskirt of the city of Beni.

Hazukay added that the assailants injured two soldiers and several others are missing.

The administrator of Beni territory, Donat Kibwana said the assailants also killed twelve people in the village of Mavete.

Consequently, violence by the ADF and other militias has hindered efforts to contain Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people since last year.

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