Six Christians killed in DR Congo
Report by Hassan John
Six people, including a nine year old child and three women, have been killedby suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Muslim rebel group, when the predominantly Christian village of Kalau near Beni in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo came under attack by the militia fighting to institute an Islamic government in the country.
The four-hour attack, which lasted from 7 pm to 11 pm, also displace about 500 people, according to witness accounts.
Sources said the Allied Democratic Forces, pretending to be government security agents, stormed the village and by the time they got into the centre of the village, some youths who noticed that they were rebels, raised the alarm prompting the ADF to shoot indiscriminately at anything that moved.
A nurse in the Nyankunde hospital in Beni said the rebels then headed to the house of the village head. They shot and killed the guard dogs and two other villagers running from the sound of the gunfire.
Pastor Gilbert Kambale, who runs a civil society organization in Beni, said 470 Congo families, fleeing the attack, trekked seven miles to Beni following the incident.
The Beni area has suffered persistent attacks by the Muslim militias. The ADF are said to have killed at over 700 civilians and more than 20 UN peacekeepers.
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