IS claims responsibility for attack in Congo, kills 20

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Around 20 people were killed in an attack on Musandaba village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the Islamic State claiming responsibility.

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The Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that resulted in the deaths of approximately 20 people. The claim was made in a statement posted on the group’s Telegram channel.

The attack occurred on Friday in Musandaba, a village near Beni, and is believed to be part of a series of violent incidents targeting civilians, which authorities attribute to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group operating in eastern Congo that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Colonel Charles Omeonga, the military administrator of Beni territory, stated, “We counted about 20 dead on Friday in the village of Musandaba,” and attributed the attack to the ADF.

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According to local activist Janvier Kasereka Kasayirio, 22 bodies had been brought to a nearby hospital following the attack. Army spokesman Anthony Mwalushay, based in the North Kivu region where the incident occurred, stated that the assailants used machetes to avoid confrontation with the army.

The attack happened in one of the conflict-affected provinces where the Congolese government had replaced civilian authorities with military administrations over a year ago in an effort to curb the violence. Just this week, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo condemned another massacre reportedly carried out by the ADF in the neighboring Ituri province, resulting in the death of 30 people.

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