03/02/2021 DRC (International Christian Concern) – According to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report, the DRC army confirmed the death of 10 civilians during two overnight raids in eastern DRC last week. The attacks are suspected to be perpetrated by the Islamist terrorist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an affiliate of ISIS, has the primary aim of creating an Islamic Caliphate in Central Africa. In order to achieve this, they often assault, kidnap and kill Christians.
“ADF fighters decapitated eight villagers in the village of Boyo, in the northeast Ituri province, and shot dead two civilians in Kainama” Lieutenant Jules Ngongo told AFP.
Local sources also informed the media that houses were burned down during the attack.
While a large majority (85-90%) of DRC’s population is Christian, violence rooted in Islamic extremism continues to worsen, putting the country at number 40 on the 2021 Open Doors World Watch List for Christian persecution. “These predominantly Christian communities are attacked by an Islamic extremist group with a clear Islamic expansionist agenda,” Open Doors spokesperson Illia Djadi stated in reference to ADF.
Please continue to pray for the healing of those traumatized by violence in the DRC, and for the Lord to comfort those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Please also pray for the Lord to strengthen government protection over its people and bring peace to the nation, and for the love of Jesus to redeem the souls of those who persecute the church.
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