Jihadist group kills sixteen people in the DRC
The Defence Post reports that suspected members of an Islamist militia killed 16 people as they were returning from a weekly market in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The dead from the ambush on Thursday evening included six women and a child, all of whom were shot, Jerome Munyambethe, head of the hospital in the town of Oicha, told AFP. “We have sixteen bodies in the hospital morgue,” town mayor Nicolas Kikuku said. He added that another nine wounded were being treated at the hospital.
The attack occurred on a highway between the towns of Maimoya and Chani-chani, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city of Beni in North Kivu province. The Oicha region is a hotbed of attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the deadliest of scores of armed militias roaming the mineral-rich eastern DRC.
In March, the United States said the ADF — historically a Ugandan Islamist group that has holed up in the region since 1995 — was linked to the Islamic State jihadist group.