MADRID, Dec. 30 (EUROPE PRESS) –
At least 18 people have died and several homes have been set on fire in an attack by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militias in the town of Apetina, North Kivu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The station of the UN mission in DRC, Radio Okapi, has reported the incident citing local authorities, who warn of a “mass displacement” of the population as a result of the attack.
The attack occurred on Sunday night, when ADF militiamen stormed Apetina and killed 18 people with machetes and guns.
The ADF militia has been active in the DRC since the 1990s and, despite repeated offenses launched against it, continues to generate violence in the area. It is considered one of the most dangerous armed groups of the several dozen operating in the African country.
Several armed groups control parts of eastern DRC despite the 1998-2003 war formally ending. The conflict caused millions of deaths, mostly victims of hunger and disease.
Armed violence has complicated the fight against the Ebola outbreak that was declared in the east of the country – with North Kivu as one of the epicenters – last year. Since then there have been attacks against medical facilities and health personnel.