Civilian, Soldier Killed In Latest DR Congo Bloodshed
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Sat 31st July 2021 | 02:10 AM
Beni, DR Congo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jul, 2021 ) :A civilian and a soldier were killed by a notorious armed Islamist group on Friday in the latest bloody fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo's conflict-plagued east, a military source said.
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which the US says is linked to the Islamic State group, is the deadliest of the militias in the region.
"One brave soldier fell on the field," he told the press. "Two civilians were hit by enemy bullets, one of them died at the scene".
The fighting took place 25 kilometres (15 miles) east of Beni.
In a statement on its propaganda website, Islamic State said that "six vehicles of Christian miscreants were torched in an attack on a commercial road in Ituri." The fate of the passengers of the vehicles is not yet known.
A historically Ugandan Islamist group, the ADF has been active in mineral-rich eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for 30 years.
The DRC's Catholic Church says the ADF has killed around 6,000 civilians since 2013, while a respected US-based monitor, the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), blames it for more than 1,200 deaths in the Beni area alone since 2017.