Beni – According to the authorities, six people were killed and 14 others injured in a suicide attack in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The explosive device had detonated in a restaurant in the city of Beni in the east of the country, a government spokesman said on Twitter on Saturday. It was initially unclear whether there were any more fatalities. A journalist from the news agency reported that in the evening (local time) near the main street of Beni, shortly after the Catholic mass, he first heard an explosion and then gunshots.
Beni is located in a region where security forces from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the neighboring country Uganda are cracking down on the ADF militia, which is allied with the Islamic State. Initially, no one confessed to the attack on Saturday.
The ADF has been active in the region since the 1990s. Since the army began operating against the militia in late 2019, it has carried out dozens of brutal retaliatory attacks on civilians. According to the UN, it killed around 850 people last year.