At least 10 people have been killed in a bomb attack using an improvised explosive device during a service at Lubiriha Protestant church in the city of Kasindi, on the border with Uganda in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 39 others were wounded in explosion. Death toll may increase. A suspect emerged from the trees surrounding the church, detonated the bomb and then returned to the forest. The bomb attack on Sunday comes after more than 60 people were killed in Ituri province in a week. The ISIL by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a Ugandan armed group – claimed responsbility for the attack.
The Congolese government “strongly condemned” the bomb attack, which it says was “visibly perpetrated by ADF terrorist.” The ADF, an Islamist militant group, was formed in the 1990s. The ADF operates primarily in North Kivu and Ituri provinces and is accused of killing hundreds of villagers in frequent raids over the past two years. However bomb attacks targeting churches are not commonly reported in the DRC. Troops from Uganda’s army have deployed to eastern Congo to try to stem the violence. The UN mission in DR Congo also condemned “the cowardly and despicable attack” in Kasindi.