Democratic Republic of the Congo: at least 12 dead and 50 wounded in an attack on a church



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Worshipers at a church service in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were killed on Sunday when a bomb was detonated by a group with links to the Islamic State group, the government said.

At least 12 people were killed and at least 50 others injured when a bomb exploded during a church service on Sunday in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the government and the United Nations.

The attack was “apparently” carried out by members of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces, which has links to ISIS, “against citizens in full rites of worship in the parish of the Eighth Congregation of Pentecostal Churches in the Congo” in the city of Kasinde. In North Kivu, the Ministry of Communications of the Democratic Republic of the Congo He said On Sunday, he added, “The government strongly condemns the bombing.”

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through its propaganda news agency Amaq, which claimed that ISIS operatives had planted an explosive device in the church.

CNN is unable to independently verify these claims.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Sunday that the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) “is supporting the Congolese authorities in conducting the investigation into the circumstances of the incident.”

“The Secretary-General reaffirms that the United Nations, through his Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will continue to support the Congolese government and people in their efforts to bring peace and stability to the east of the country,” Dujarric said. in the statement.

The United Nations peacekeeping force in the country, MONUSCO, too convicted “The despicable and cowardly attack” on Sunday and offered his condolences to “the families of the victims, the Congolese people and the government” of the DRC.

Waves of violence continued in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, despite efforts by the government and international peacekeepers to rein them in.

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