Curfew In DR Congo City After Weekend Bombs
Sumaira FH 29 days ago Mon 28th June 2021 | 10:40 AM
Beni, DR Congo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Jun, 2021 ) :The city of Beni woke up to a curfew on Monday after three bombs rocked the conflict-plagued east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with authorities warning they had reports more attacks were being planned.
"I don't want to see anyone in the street," Beni Mayor Narcisse Muteba said late Sunday as he announced the curfew. "Everyone should go inside because we have information that something else is being planned." On Sunday morning, a makeshift bomb went off in a Catholic church in the city, injuring two women, followed just hours later by a suicide bombing outside a bar.
Beni is in the North Kivu province, one of two regions President Felix Tshisekedi placed under a "state of siege" on May 6 in a bid to clamp down on militia violence in the region.
The church attack marked the first time a Catholic building has been targeted in the area, which has been beset by rising violence from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia, which has carried out a string of massacres in the last 18 months.
"They were targeting a large crowd because the ceremony would bring together children, their parents and the faithful," he told AFP.
"I lost four teeth and was injured in the arms," she added.
The second victim was still in shock after being wounded in the leg.
The bar was around 100 metres (yards) from a mosque, Muteba told reporters, adding that the bomber "died on the spot." The ADF is the deadliest of an estimated 122 armed militias that roam the mineral-rich east of the DRC, many of them a legacy of two regional wars that ran from 1996 to 2003.
It is historically a Ugandan Islamist group that has holed up in eastern DR Congo since 1995.
The group is accused of having killed 6,000 people since 2013, according to the Catholic episcopate.