DRC vote could be a threat to Africa’s stability: Katumbi Rebels carry out deadly attack in Beni city
AT least 16 people have been killed and eight others injured in a rebel attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive eastern city of Beni, according to witnesses.
Twelve of the dead were civilians and the rest government soldiers, witnesses said yesterday. The late Saturday attack also left five civilians injured, according to a doctor at a local hospital.
The Beni region is under siege from the Allied Defence Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group that has operated in the region since 1995, which has been blamed for hundreds of civilian deaths over the past four years.
Foreign humanitarian workers have been stationed in Beni, in the North Kivu province near the border with Uganda, since early August to deal with a new Ebola outbreak in the region.
“The surprise attack happened in the streets of Beni city,” the doctor told AFP. Four of the dead were killed while travelling in a taxi.
According to several witness accounts, the attack started around 1630-1700 GMT.
Heavy and light calibre gunfire was heard for several hours until after midnight local time. It was not known whether the army counterattacked. The rebels targeted areas near the centre of the trading settlement of several hundred thousand inhabitants.
The ADF group is responsible for the deaths of more than 1 500 people and 800 kidnappings since 2014, according to local civil society organisations. — Al Jazeera