Suspected Rebels Attack East Of Congo, Beni, Abduct 15
Suspected rebels have attacked the North-Eastern City of Beni in Congo, kidnapping fifteen (15) people.
Mayor Nyonyi Bwanakawa who confirmed the attack, today said, the rebels launched the attack on Thursday evening but were pushed back by the army.
They abducted 15 people as they retreated, he said.
The Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan rebel group that has operated in the region since 1995, are believed to be behind the attack and kidnapping.
The group is responsible for the deaths of more than 1,500 people and 800 kidnappings since 2014, according to local civil society organisations.
Beni lies west of the Virunga National Park and the Rwenzori Mountains, close to the Uganda border.
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