Boni – Suspected fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces group have killed three people and torched houses and a clinic in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) volatile east, local sources said on Wednesday.
ADF militants attacked the village of Kabasha, about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the town of Beni in North Kivu province, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to local official Kalunga Meso.
He added that three people were found dead afterwards, and the village clinic burned down.
The ADF – which the Islamic State group claims as its Central African offshoot – is among the most violent of more than 120 armed groups active in DRC’s volatile east.
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It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in neighbouring Uganda.
Philemon Kasereka, a pastor who spoke to AFP via telephone from Beni, said that other villagers were missing in the wake of the attack.
Two of the dead were a mother and child whose house had been torched, he added.
AFP was unable to independently confirm the death toll.
On October 20, suspected ADF fighters killed seven people in attacks on clinics in the nearby town of Maboya.
Hundreds of doctors protested in Beni several days afterwards, demanding hazard pay and increased security at health clinics.