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06/29/2020 Democratic Republic of Congo (International Christian Concern) – On Monday June 22nd, the army said that, “at least 20 civilians were killed in attacks on two villages in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend.” The latest in a surge of ethnic violence that has forced more than 200,000 people from their homes. Fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who claim a loose affiliation with the Islamic State militant group, attacked the village of Vukaka in Ituri province on Sunday.

According to the Congolese army (FARDC) spokesman in Ituri Jules Ngongo, “they appeared in this isolated village fleeing an FARDC strike force and killed our people. Unfortunately, 10 people were found dead.” The army’s spokesman in a village in North Kivu stated the following, “ten people were also killed in an earlier attack on the village of Biangolo in neighboring North Kivu on Saturday.” Late last year the army launched a large-scale operation to uproot a host of militias operating in the east of the country, sparking a violent backlash. The insecurity has complicated Congo’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and an Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 2,200 people since 2018.

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