At least 22 people have been killed in two attacks blamed on rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Monday in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to local authorities.
In the village of Chani-Chani in North-Kivu province, at least 15 bodies were discovered by the DRC armed forces (FARDC) on the spot after an attack by the ADF on Monday evening, said the local civil society on Tuesday.
In the village of Boga in neighboring Ituri province, at least seven civilians were killed in an armed attack on Monday, said the local civil society, who blamed the attack on the ADF.
The attack on Boga came after it was on May 31 invaded by members of the ADF, killing more than 50 civilians, according to the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), citing local authorities.
Since the beginning of this year, members of the ADF, originated in Uganda and active in this part of the country for decades, have increased their attacks in Ituri and North-Kivu provinces. On April 30, DRC President Felix Tshisekedi declared a state of siege in the two provinces, which was extended by the National Assembly for another 15 days on June 3.