They have since October 2014 committed countless massacres, including the killing of 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers last December.
Inhabitants of Béni in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC’s North Kivu Province over the weekend took to the streets for the umpteenth time to protest incessant deadly attacks by rebels from neighbouring Uganda, Radio France International, RFI reported. Allied Democratic Forces, ADF combatants have been wreaking havoc in the area for years in cross-border forays.
Since October 2, 2014, at least 700 civilians have been killed Béni in massacres blamed on ADF rebels, including 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers last December. According to Human Rights Watch and the Congo Study Group, at least 235 people have been killed in more than 100 ADF attacks between January and September 2018. The latest of the deadly raids took place on October 20, 2018 at about 6 pm local time when the rebels entered Béni, bypassing an army position.
RFI cited local military and security sources as saying the invaders were armed with automatic firearms and machetes. They killed at least 12 civilians, kidnapped about 15 others – including 10 children - and ransacked homes before being chased out by the army and MONUSCO UN peacekeepers. Amongst the dead were four women and a child. Captain Mak Hazukay, spokesman for the army in the region confirmed the attack, saying soldiers were also killed.
Irked by the incessant attacks, locals carrying three corpses took to the streets on October 21, 2018 to protest what they consider as government’s apparent failure to protect them. In the process, the Post Office and the Mayor’s office were set on fire. Guillaume Saliboko, a Béni resident and Law student, said the people cannot understand how ADF rebels repeatedly strike right inside Béni without the army putting an end to the attacks