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DRC’s ADF rebels kill 24 in fresh attack

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The Democratic Republic of Congo authorities say 24 civilians were killed between Sunday and Monday in attacks carried out by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in a village in the eastern part of the country.

The president of the local civil society, Roger Wangeve, in a statement on Tuesday, said the attacks were predominant in the
village of Makugwe, in the territory of Beni in North Kivu,

“Twenty-four people, including six women, were killed in this incursion of the ADF,” Wangeve told reporters.

According to Wangeve, the victims included 17 people who were killed “in a small bar where they were drinking beer.

“The ADF executed them all,” he said.

“At least seven residential houses were burned, three drugstores and 11 stores looted, while the number of civilians taken into the bush is not yet known,” Wangeve added.

“We lament and wonder: how can it be possible to kill the population a few meters from the military camp?” he added.

Also speaking on the attack, Colonel Charles Omeonga, the administrator of the territory of Beni, said the armed forces were “in pursuit of the enemy who had hidden in the population.”

The ADF which is a group of rebels of Muslim fighters and from Ugandan origin, have been active in northern North Kivu and southern Ituri province bording Uganda and Rwanda.

According to the United Nations, the armed group which is an affiliate of the jihadist group Islamic State (EI), is one of the most deadly groups in the eastern region of the DRC.

In 2021, the group was placed on the U.S. list of “foreign terrorist organizations”, with links to the EI.

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Islamist jihadists kill nine in attack on Niger refugee camp

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Nine people have been confirmed killed by Islamist jihadists who attacked a refugee camp in western Niger Republic on Saturday night, local officials said.

The camp, according to the officials, housed refugees from neighbouring Mali who were displaced by the turmoil in the country.

“The toll from the attack is nine dead, one wounded and six missing,” an elected county official said.

“The attack was carried out by heavily armed terrorists who arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on the refugees before fleeing back to Mali,” he said.

A security personnel who also confirmed the attack, said it happened in the Tahoua region which lies in a zone bordering Mali and Burkina Faso, two countries that have been heavily hit by jihadist insurgency and has come under repeated attack since 2017 by armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.

Jihadists attacks in the region since 2021 have led to the killing of hundreds of civilians and soldiers alike.

According to the United Nations, there are over 61,000 Malian refugees sheltering in Tahoua and nearby Tillaberi.

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Three killed in attacks on ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church

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An attack on an Ancient Ethiopian Orthodox Church on Saturday has claimed the lives of three people, while an unspecified number were reported injured, according to a a religious media outlet.

The violence which erupted in southern Ethiopia, came on the backdrop of tensions in the Orthodox Tewahedo Church after some rebel bishops broke away from the body of the church and created their own synod in Oromia, the country’s most populous region.

The breakaway bishops have accused the church of discrimination and linguistic and cultural hegemony, saying congregations in Oromia are not served in their native language, claims rejected by the patriarchate.

Church-affiliated Tewahedo Media Center (TMC), in a report on Sunday, said two Orthodox Christian youths were killed, and another four people injured, when Oromia special forces attacked the church in Shashamene, which lies about 250 kilometers (150 miles) south of Addis Ababa.

The outfit later said there had been sniper fire on the church from nearby high-rise buildings that had killed a woman and injured others.

A statement issued by the Archbishop of Addis Ababa Diocese of the church. Abune Henok, described the incidents in the Oromia city of Shashamene as “shameful and heart-wrenching,” and urged the clergy and the faithful to wear black in protest, while calling for peaceful demonstrations at churches at home and abroad on February 12.

The World Council of Churches also issued a statement on Friday voicing its “deep concern” about the developments in the Ethiopian institution.

“We call upon all political leaders in Ethiopia to support the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in its efforts to achieve unity and peace among its members,” WCC general secretary, Jerry Pillay said in the statement.

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