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05/27/2020 Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – On Monday, suspected Islamist fighters killed at least 17 people in an early morning raid on a northeastern village in DRC. Around 5 a.m. local time the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who claim a loose affiliation with the Islamic State group, attacked the village of Makutano in Ituri province, around 100 km southwest of the city of Bunia. A civil society leader of Irumu territory (northeast DRC) said the following about the attack, “They fired several shots in the air. When the population was fleeing, they captured some people and cut them up with machetes.”

A research initiative called Kivu Security Tracker (KST) which maps unrest in the region has confirmed the attack by the militias and put the death toll at 17. However, the civil society leader of Irumu territory said that many more were killed. The ADF has killed hundreds of people since late October last year when the army began an operation to force them out from their bases near the Ugandan border. While the insurgents, who are originally from Uganda, have pledged allegiance to Islamic State and the group has endorsed some attacks by the ADF, researchers say there is no evidence of close collaboration.

This group has shown special hatred for Christians in the past. Late last year, the group seized a pastor who was travelling home. When they told him to stop spreading the Gospel and to convert to Islam he refused. They then killed him and left his body on the side of the road. His family, who was with him, said that the insurgents were trying to stop Christianity from being spread in their area. Please pray for the Families of those killed in this most recent attack.

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