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Christmas Massacre: dozens dead in gun and machete attacks in Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo is reeling from a number of mass murders in recent days. On Sunday (25 December) an ethnic Nande militia killed 13 Hutu civilians in the town of Nyanzale, using guns and machetes

Local activist Innocent Gasigwa said the attack appeared to be retaliation for a massacre on Thursday, carried out by an ethnic Hutu militia, that left 17 civiliand and two militiamen dead in nearby village.

On Saturday, 21 civilians and four militia were killed in attacks near Beni, said local army spokesman Captain Mak Hazukay, speaking to Reuters.

Regional official Amisi Kalonda blamed Saturday's attack on Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a group comprised of puritanical Ugandan Muslims. "The ADF has yet again plunged the people of Eringeti and its surrounding areas into mourning.

"Yesterday, they killed 10 civilians. Twelve other bodies were found (Sunday) in the surrounding villages. The modus operandi is always the same," he told AFP from the North Kivu capital Goma. Kalonda added that the victims were either killed with knives or machetes.

DRC's Catholic church head, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo, spread a message via churches, saying: "The time is over when one tried to hold onto power with arms by killing one's people, these young people who only seek out their right to live with a little more dignity."

At least 40 died last week during anti-government protests. The unrest erupted after President Joseph Kabila, who is bound by the constitution to step down as he has served two consecutive terms in power, refused to leave office when his term expired on 20 December.

However, in a surprise move on Friday, the ruling government and the opposition bloc in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) have agreed in principle to keep incumbent Kabila in power until the end of 2017.

On 14 August 2016, multiple assailants raided the district of Rwangoma in the city of Beni which is located in North Kivu of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The city is located in the popular Virunga National Park. At least 64 people were killed, as 64 bodies have been located and the search is ongoing. Officials estimate the death toll to be from 75 to 101. An unknown number of people were injured. The Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were suspected to be behind to attack by the DRC, although the militant group Boko Haram have been known to commit similar incidents in the past. The incident is another in a series of massacres in Beni that have left over 700 people dead since October 2014

Beni massacre From Wikipedia

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