Mil­i­tants kill 17 in DRC

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - World -

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.

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