Six Christians Killed in Attack by Islamic Militants
A rebel group with ties to a militant Islamic group has killed six Christians – including a 9-year-old – during a nighttime attack in a mostly Christian province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to field sources for Open Doors USA, rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces – pretending to be security agents – opened fire after approaching the village of Kalau, killing three women. Nearly 500 residents fled the assault, heading to the nearby city of Beni in the Congo’s North Kivu province.
In a phone interview with Open Doors, a local nurse with Nyankunde hospital said the attackers then proceeded toward the house of the village head, where they shot the guard dogs. Two more villagers—among hundreds fleeing the gunfire—were killed.
One of Kalau’s community leaders, who asked for anonymity because of safety fears, said rebels plan to move away from their past strategy of “kidnapping and killings.”
“They want to move to the stage of occupying the territory,” the leader said. “They want to occupy the area they claim as theirs.”
Observers anticipate that the attack is likely to be followed by more violence at the hands of ADF.
ADF was formed in 1995 by Ugandan Muslim rebels to oppose the government after the army forced them out of the country. ADF fighters are believed to have killed at least 700 civilians and more than 20 UN peacekeepers since their inception.
Dr. Eleanor Beevor, a research
The remainder of this article is available in its entirety at Christian Headline