By Abba Gwale

At least 22 civilians were killed in a attack allegedly coordinated by a militia group in the Mwenda village, eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

According to the local authority, this was the second mass killing in a week that hit the country and Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia is suspected to be behind the attacks.

Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that officials with the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the region blamed the massacre on ADF fighters; a group responsible for multiple killings last year.

Jeremi Mbweki, a civil society leader of Mwenda village, said militants killed the residents with machetes and guns.

“Now we live in total fear, with no certainty about the future,” he said.

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