Six Christians, Including 9-Year-Old Child, Killed as Islamic Militants Attack Village in the Congo and Nearly 500 Families Flee Violence

A displaced family in the Democratic Republic of Congo pose behind their humble shack. | (PHOTO: NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL/VIDEO SCREENSHOT)

Six Christians, including a 9-year-old child, were reportedly killed in a recent attack in a predominantly Christian village in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo.

Open Doors USA, a Christian persecution watchdog nonprofit active in 60 countries, reports that nearly 500 families fled from their homes when rebel forces attacked the largely Christian village of Kalau near the city of Beni in DRC’s North Kivu province.

The attack reportedly lasted about four hours and is believed to have been perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces, a militant group active in the North Kivu province of the DRC and Uganda.

Launched in the mid-1990s by Ugandan Muslim rebels forced out of Uganda, the ADF has become the conflict-stricken DRC’s most active and violent rebel group over the past two years.

Sources with knowledge of the attack in Kalau told the charity that the attackers pretended to be security agents when they arrived in the village.

The imposters reached the village center before there was any suspicion that they weren’t who they said they were. By that point, the rebels began firing their weapons at the villagers. Among those killed in the attack are the 9-year-old child and at least three women.

“A nurse in the Nyankunde hospital in Beni told Open Doors by phone that the attackers then proceeded toward the house of the village head,” the Open Doors report states.  “When they shot dead the guard dogs, the gunfire sent people running. Two villagers attempting to flee were killed.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith

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