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More than 20 killed in Islamist attack in DR Congo

At least 23 people were killed in an Islamist attack in the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo, officials said. According to the authorities, fighters from the Islamist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked the village of Makugwe in North Kivu province overnight. Deputy provincial administrator Saidi Balikwisha put the death toll at 23, while an army spokesman said 24 were dead and 10 were missing.

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia claimed responsibility for the attack. The IS is allied with the ADF. Because of its ties to the IS, the ADF is on the US terrorist list. She is accused of having killed thousands of Congolese civilians and carried out bomb attacks in neighboring Uganda.

More than 120 rebel groups

Just days ago, ADF fighters detonated a bomb in a church in North Kivu, killing at least 14 people and injuring dozens more.

More than 120 armed groups are active in eastern DRC. The region has been plagued by instability and violence for decades.