January 15 (United Press International) — Ten people were killed and at least 39 injured in a suspected terrorist attack on a Pentecostal church in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.
The Congolese government accused islamic state Attack by the terrorist organization Allied Democratic Forces.
“The government strongly condemns the bomb attack by ADF terrorists this Sunday 15/01/2023 on citizens attending a full service at the parish of the Congolese Pentecostal Church No. 8 community in Kasindi, North Kivu,” Congo’s transport ministry said in a statement statement.
The church is located in Kisindi, a small town in Congo’s North Kivu province, about five miles from Beni, in an area known for ADF activity.
The bomb used in the attack was an improvised explosive device.
Army spokesman Anthony Mulushai said the scene was under control and an investigation was ongoing.
“The head of state is deeply saddened by this heinous crime, expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and pledges that the perpetrators will be prosecuted, arrested, tried and severely punished,” Say President Felix Tshisekedi
The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo condemned the attack but did not name the perpetrators.
“MONUSCO condemns the cowardly and despicable attack on a church in Kasindi (North Kivu), which resulted in many deaths and many injuries. It expresses its condolences to the families of the victims, the Congolese people and the Government of the Republic,” UN stablecoin tweets.
U.S. Congress describe ADF as “an armed group primarily active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”. In a September report on the group, it said the group had pledged allegiance to Islamic State and posed a threat to long-term U.S. efforts to help stabilize the Democratic Republic of Congo.