17 people killed in the explosion of a homemade bomb in the church of the 8th CEPAC in Kasindi-Lubirigha

At least 17 people were tragically killed and around 20 others seriously injured on Sunday 15 January when an artisanal bomb exploded in the church of the 8th CEPAC in the town of Kasindi-Lubirigha (North Kivu). This city is located 90 kilometers northeast of Beni and is a border town with Uganda.

The administrative and security authorities quickly went to the scene of the tragedy and evacuated the injured for appropriate care, while the dead bodies were taken to the morgue. A security device was set up to avoid further damage, while the faithful of this church, who were in the middle of an evangelical conference, left the place.

According to the army, investigations are already underway to detect the origin of this purely terrorist act. The army has asked the population to avoid crowds to avoid other unpleasant surprises.

The Government has strongly condemned this “bomb attack visibly perpetrated by ADF terrorists, this Sunday 15/01/2023, against citizens in full worship in the parish of the 8th Community of Pentecostal Churches of Congo in the city of Kasindi in the Nord-Kivu”. The Government has encouraged the local population to observe FARDC recommendations in order to avoid crowds and to be vigilant.