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Militant Attack in Eastern DRC Leaves at Least 41 Dead
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The death toll from an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday has risen to at least 41, according to the government.

Red Cross volunteers and local villagers from Masala in North Kivu province have been searching for bodies since the incident.

Armed men using guns and machetes attacked residents of the villages of Masala, Keme, and Mahini, locals reported. Maurice Kambale Mulehera, a resident of Masala, said, “We learned that our fleeing family members were killed along the way. Here we have two bodies, a girl and a boy. Look how they were killed.”

While the North Kivu region has recently seen violence from M23 rebels, the army attributed these latest attacks to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The ADF, active in the DRC for three decades, regularly conducts assaults in North Kivu and Ituri provinces against the Congolese army and villagers. The group has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Residents of Masala remain in shock after the ADF militants’ deadly rampage, which resulted in numerous fatalities and the destruction of homes. Local civil society members reported that over 80 people have been killed in multiple assaults in the area since last Tuesday, calling for increased government protection.

Eastern DRC has been plagued by violence from over 100 armed groups for nearly 30 years, fighting for power, land, and valuable mineral resources. The ongoing conflict has displaced more than seven million people.

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Piers Potter

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