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Congo: Suspected Islamists kill 16 people, burn down church in Sunday morning raid on village

Persecution of Christians in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Christians are 95% of the population, but as in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, Islamic jihadis are increasingly aggressive: the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) “killed about 850 people last year, according to U.N. figures.”

There is in Congo a small indigenous Orthodox Church under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. Please pray fervently for an end to this persecution, in Congo and elsewhere. Beseech our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to enable the Orthodox Church in Congo to enjoy peace and security, and to flourish, bringing the light of Christ to this troubled region.

For more ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in the Democratic Republic of Congo, see here.

“Suspected Islamists kill 16 in eastern Congo attack,” by Erikas Mwisi Kambale, Reuters, February 15, 2021:

BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Suspected Islamists killed three soldiers and 13 civilians and burnt down a church in a raid on a village in Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern Ituri province, the army and a rights group said on Monday.

The attackers opened fire when they entered the village of Ndalya on Sunday morning, about 100 km (60 miles) south of the city of Bunia, said Christophe Munyanderu, coordinator of the group Convention for the Respect of Human Rights.

An initial assessment showed that 13 civilians had been killed, Munyanderu said. The attackers also burned down a Catholic church, he said.

“For the moment our troops are occupying the village after this attack which cost civilian lives,” said army spokesman Jules Ngongo Tshikudi, adding that three soldiers and four assailants were killed when the army drove them back.

It was not clear who carried out the attack, although Tshikudi blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed group active in eastern Congo since the 1990s.

The group killed about 850 people last year, according to U.N. figures….

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