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Democratic Republic of the Congo: More than 10 Christians killed when Islamist extremist group ambushes their vehicles

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Christians are 95% of the population, yet Islamic jihadis terrorize the population with increasing impunity. There is a small indigenous Orthodox Church there, under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. 

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

“At Least 10 Christians Killed in DRC Attack,” International Christian Concern, June 22, 2022:

06/22/2022 DRC (International Christian Concern) – More than 10 Christians were killed on Tuesday, June 21, when an Islamist extremist group ambushed their three vehicles in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The attack occurred near the village of Makisabo, Beni. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist extremist group, allegedly blocked the road, shot all the passengers, and set the vehicles on fire.

Activities along the Beni-Kasindi Road have since been halted. International Christian Concern (ICC) spoke to one of the taxi operators along this route, which is the only corridor connecting Uganda and the eastern region of the DRC.

“The 5 p.m. incident led to the death of our fellow drivers and our customers who wanted to reach home and be with their families,” said the taxi operator. “We are saddened that the ADF rebels continue to make our lives difficult here in Congo. There is no single day that they do not kill people. The villages are unsafe. The roads are unsafe. The towns are unsafe. We only live by God’s mercy. Now we cannot work because they have attacked Makisabo. We don’t know how long this will take before the road is opened again.”…

Church leaders have condemned the attack, calling it an atrocity against Christians.“We know the war situation in Congo is complex, but we cannot ignore the fact that the rebel groups are targeting Christians,” explained a local bishop. “We have evidence that the killers have established ties with [the] Islamic State (ISIS) and survivors have confessed to us that they were asked to recite the shahada if they wanted to survive. We have pastors that have been killed for refusing to deny Christ and get Islamized. We are asking for prayers and support to take care of millions of refugees, widows, and orphans.”…

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