At least 45 people were found dead in a massacre perpetrated on Saturday night in Beni city of North Kivu Province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, city mayor Nyonyi Bwanakawa confirmed on Sunday.
According to the mayor, the assailants attacked the village of Rwangoma in the outskirts of the city, killing civilians.
President Kabila who is staying in the province of North Kivu, told the press that these acts were of pure terrorism.
“The terrorist massacre happening at the moment in the east is not different from what happened in Mali, France, Somalia and other corners of the world,” said Joseph Kabila in Goma.
Suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces, an armed group of Ugandan origin, were responsible for the attack, according to army spokesperson Mak Hazukay.
Three days of national mourning have been declared following Saturday night’s mass killing, the latest in a series of massacres that have left more than 600 people dead in and around the troubled town of Beni since 2014.
Sources: AFP, Xinhua