Death Toll Rises to 51 in Congo Machete Massacre, NGOs Say

Civil society groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo say that more than four dozen people were hacked to death by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Civil society groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday said the number of people hacked to death in a grisly machete attack this weekend has risen to 51. “Our team on the ground has counted 51 bodies slain with machetes,” said Teddy Kataliko, a member of a local alliance of NGOs and unions working in the town of Beni near the restive eastern border with Uganda. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said the civil society groups’ toll was “impossible to objectively verify”. Saturday night’s attack was the latest in a string of killings that have left more than 650 people dead in and around Beni since 2014.
The army has blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The ADF is a militant group that operates in the border area between eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and southwestern Uganda, which is heavily involved in illegal mining activities. The group has been active in DR Congo for more than two decades and is accused of extensive human rights abuses. The killings sparked rage among local residents who accused the government of failing to protect them.

via telesurtv: Death Toll Rises to 51 in Congo Machete Massacre, NGOs Say

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