Congo: At least 19 killed by militia linked to Islamic State, officials say

Source: Los Angeles Times

“Rebels in eastern Congo killed at least 19 people and set fire to a health center and houses, authorities said Sunday. Gunmen suspected of being part of the Allied Democratic Forces, a militia with links to Islamic State, attacked civilians in Kirindera town, said Carly Nzanzu, the former governor of North Kivu province, in an interview with state media. ADF attacks have killed dozens of people in several North Kivu villages in recent days. Congo’s authorities say people were slaughtered with guns, knives and machetes. … Conflict has simmered for decades in eastern Congo, where more than 120 armed groups fight for power, influence and resources, and some to protect their communities. The ADF has been largely active in North Kivu province but recently extended its operations into neighboring Ituri province.” (03/13/23)