Militants kill 17 in DRC
Seventeen people were killed on Friday in two attacks by the ADF militant group in the troubled Beni region of eastern DR Congo.
Twelve civilians died in Mangolikene on the outskirts of Beni city in North Kivu on Thursday, while another five were killed overnight in the Paida area, mayor Nyonyi Masumbuko Bwanakana said.
The Allied Democratic Forces is a shadowy armed group rooted in Ugandan Islamism that has killed hundreds of people since 2014.
The attacks came a day after opposition candidate Martin Fayulu launched his campaign ahead of December’s highstakes presidential election.
Fayulu is among a host of candidates contesting the race in a nation that has not known a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960.
In all, 21 candidates are registered to run in the December 23 race to replace 47-year-old Joseph Kabila, who has ruled since 2001.