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06/03/2021 DRC (International Christian Concern) – The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a foreign terrorist organization and affiliate of ISIS, is suspected to be behind the massacre of 70 civilians in eastern DRC this week.

According to Channels Television, at least 11 people were killed Wednesday, June 2nd, by suspected ADF fighters in the northeastern province of Ituri.

The attack comes just days after two Ituri villages were ambushed and over 50 people were killed by gunmen assumed to belong to the terrorist group.

“Eighty-four shacks in the camp were torched, as were eight stores in nearby Boga,” said an AFP correspondent cited by Channels Television. “A number of villagers, including at least four women, were kidnapped.”

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 about the ADF rebel group.

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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