The bombing of a Pentecostal church in Kasindi, in the country’s east, has been attributed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s government to rebels who are associated with the Islamic State organization.
According to authorities, when churchgoers attended Sunday services, 17 people were killed and 39 others were injured.
The Allied Democratic Forces were accused of attacking by the Congolese military (ADF). One of the most infamous and active rebel organizations in eastern Congo is the ADF. According to the military, a Kenyan national has been detained in connection with the incident.
In a statement, the Congolese government expressed its “deepest condolences” to the bereaved families. The UN mission in DR Congo condemned “the cowardly and despicable attack” in Kasindi.
Its comments were echoed by Congolese military spokesman Antony Mualushayi, who said: “It is clear that this is a terrorist act perpetrated by the ADF terrorists who have suffered casualties in several battlefields by the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
Mr Mualushayi added that an “improvised explosive device” was used in the attack. About 8 kilometers (5 miles) separate Kasindi from Beni, where the ADF is present.
Security is “one of the most significant challenges” that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing. The top UN envoy in the nation warned the Security Council back in December.
An Islamist terrorist group called the ADF was founded in Uganda in the 1990s, mostly as a result of internal problems.
However, ever since the so-called Islamic State organization reemerged in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a number of assaults on Congolese civilians and a more global jihadist component, the ADF has claimed an increasing number of attacks in the name of the organization.