It is dismay in Beni, a town located in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Heavily armed men, affiliated with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), killed ten people on the night of Wednesday 30 June to Thursday 1 July 2021. This rebel movement has been sowing terror in this part of the country for several months. Young people from the Rwangoma neighborhood, the exact area where the massacre took place, marched with the body of one of the victims in the city to express their discontent.
The DRC suffered a deadly attack. In Beni, in the east of the country, armed individuals belonging to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked the Rwangoma neighborhood and killed 10 people. This is not the first time the city has been attacked. Blessed, currently under siege due to repeated attacks by jihadists, has once again been the victim of the fury of armed groups.
The young people of this locality, tired of being the prey of the brutality of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), marched with a corpse chanting slogans hostile to the army and the state of siege decreed since May 6 by the Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi. “It was around 22:40 when we heard people shouting ‘Oh thief, we were infiltrated by bandits! ‘So we heard bullets fired, ‘Bang!Bang! Bang! ‘ People kept yelling ‘Oh thieves, they’re sneaking in’. Then the attackers started shooting and taking hostages,” a local resident told the story of the massacre.
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the armed group affiliated with ISIS, has been targeting the locality of Beni since 2013.According to a count of the Congolese episcopate, the armed actions of this rebel group are responsible for a series of massacres that killed at least 6,000 people.Note that the ADF are Ugandan Muslim rebels who have settled in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo for more than 25 years.