Church Bomb Blast Wounds Two In Eastern DR Congo
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sun 27th June 2021 | 05:50 PM
Beni, DR Congo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Jun, 2021 ) :A makeshift bomb exploded inside a Catholic church in the city of Beni in DR Congo's conflict-plagued east on Sunday, injuring two women just an hour before a children's confirmation ceremony was due to be held.
The attack marks the first time a Catholic building has been targeted in the region, which has declared a "state of siege" due to rising violence from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia that is accused of killing thousands.
"They were targeting a large crowd because the ceremony would bring together children, their parents and the faithful," he told AFP.
He added that the mass to "administer the sacrament of confirmation would not be postponed".
The explosion was heard around the Emmanuel Butsili parish in a working-class neighbourhood of Beni, witnesses told AFP.
Parish priest Isidore Kambale said a security commission had been set up. "We have to be vigilant," he told AFP.