Over 10 Christians Killed in Attack by Islamic Extremists in DR Congo

On Tuesday, an Islamic extremist group, The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), attacked three vehicles in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing over 10 persons in the process.

According to International Christian Concern, a persecution watchdog, the incident occurred near the village of Makisabo, Beni-Kasidi Road. The suspects were said to have shot all the passengers before setting the vehicle ablaze.

A taxi operator, who witnessed the incident said, told ICC that the extremists are making lives difficult for them.

He said, "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.

"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."

The incident has been condemned by Christians in the community. A local bishop told ICC that the situation in the country is complex and it is evident that the killers have established ties with the terrorists.

"We know the war situation in Congo is complex, but we cannot ignore the fact that the rebel groups are targeting Christians.

"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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