11/06/2021 DRC (International Christian Concern) – Six people have died in two separate attacks perpetrated by the Congo-based rebel group Allied Democractic Forces (ADF).
“These terrorists killed three civilians overnight, two women and a child, before regular forces arrived,” said Captain Antony Mualushayi, army spokesman in the territory of Beni, North Kivu province, in a Thursday morning statement.
Mualushayi added that the DRC armed forces killed four rebels during the assault.
In a second assault on Thursday, ADF forces killed three more civilians while they were driving to neighboring Uganda, said Ricardo Rupande, spokesman for a network of NGO’s in the Rwenzori area. During the attack the jihadists set fire to two trucks after stealing their loads of food.
While a large majority (85-90%) of DRC’s population is Christian, violence rooted in Islamic extremism, mostly at the hands of ADF, continues to worsen, putting the country at number 40 on the 2021 Open Doors World Watch List for Christian persecution. “These predominantly Christian communities are attacked by an Islamic extremist group with a clear Islamic expansionist agenda,” Open Doors spokesperson Illia Djadi stated in reference to the rebel group.
Please continue to pray for the healing of those traumatized by violence in the DRC, and for the Lord to comfort those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Please also pray for the Lord to strengthen government protection over its people and bring peace to the nation, and for the love of Jesus to redeem the souls of those who persecute the church.
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