Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Sunday a bomb had exploded in a church in the eastern province of North Kivu, leaving at least five persons killed.
Military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” occurred in a Pentecostal church in the town of Kasindi in North Kivu, which lies on the border with Uganda
“The security services have already taken control of the place and the injured have been evacuated to local health facilities,” Mualushayi said, adding that an investigation was underway.
The DR Congo’s communications ministry said on social media on Sunday that the attack was apparently perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.
The ADF rebels affiliated with terrorist groups are active in the Kasindi region.
The explosion resorted to deaths and injuries, the ministry added, but did not provide further details.
“Investigations are underway to detect the origin of this terrorist act,” it said.
The ADF has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in neighbouring Uganda.
Since 2021 a joint Ugandan-Congolese military operation has been neautralising the ADF forces in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.
Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars.
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