Africa 23.8.2016 04:55 pm

Two killed by machete near scene of DR Congo massacre

Residents regroup towards the city centre of the town of Beni on August 15, 2016, leaving outlying neighbourhoods following a mass-killing machete attack.
 / AFP PHOTO / KUDRA MALIRO

Residents regroup towards the city centre of the town of Beni on August 15, 2016, leaving outlying neighbourhoods following a mass-killing machete attack. / AFP PHOTO / KUDRA MALIRO

Two people were killed in a machete attack in an eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo late Monday where rebels have been blamed for a series of civilian massacres, the army said.

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a partly Islamist armed group of Ugandan origin, is accused of carrying out the brutal slayings, the latest of which took place overnight August 13-14 and left 51 people dead.

Lieutenant Mak Hazukay, an army spokesman in North Kivu province, told AFP that on Monday evening the ADF had entered the town of Kiteya — about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the city of Beni.

The rebels “killed two people with a machete, wounded six others, burned down seven houses and torched four motorcycles,” he said.

The region around Beni has been the target of a series of massacres that have claimed more than 700 lives since 2014.

The Congolese government has blamed the mass murders on the ADF, but a report published in March by the Congo Research Group at New York University, which probed these massacres, claimed that soldiers from the regular army had also participated in the killings.

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