Shocking! An hour before Birmovka, a bomb exploded in the church, injuring two people

The chief of the city police told the French news agency that the explosion took place around 06.00 local time (06.00 CET). Experts from the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) said it was a home-made explosive designed for assault tactics. It was not immediately known whether anyone had died or suffered injuries in the explosion.

Earlier this year, 25 people lost their lives in the same area in eastern DRC. The Ugandan Islamist rebel organization, the United Democratic Forces (ADF), was probably behind the attack at the time. It has been operating in the eastern part of the former Zaire for more than three decades. Its fighters have killed about 800 civilians in North Kivu province near the border with Uganda since 2019. The city of Beni, the site of Sunday’s explosion in a Catholic church, is also located in North Kivu.

Two people were injured in an improvised bomb blast that erupted on Sunday in a Catholic church in Beni, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the former Zaire. The bomb exploded just an hour before the sacrament of the Confirmation of Children was to be held there, AFP reports.

The chief of the city police told the French news agency that the explosion took place around 06.00 local time (06.00 CET). Experts from the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) said it was a home-made explosive designed for assault tactics.

The vicar general of the local diocese clarified that the bomb had exploded when people began to arrive at the church en masse to take part in the confirmation, and its explosion claimed two people.

“(The assassins) chose as their goal a large crowd, where the children, their parents and other believers were, gathering for the ceremony of confirmation.” the vicar told AFP.

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This was the first time that a church belonging to the Catholic Church, the largest ecclesiastical community in the city, had been directly attacked in Beni. The region, which belongs to the province of North Kivu, is operated by the Ugandan Islamist rebel organization, the United Democratic Forces (ADF). According to representatives of the local diocese, it has killed approximately 6,000 people since 2013.

committed by that organization. One imam was killed directly in the city’s mosque and the other shortly after the end of Muslim services. In May of this year, ADF members shot dead two imams in Beni, who openly opposed the violence.

The ADF has bases in the jungle around Beni, from where it launched attacks on the city in November 2019, and since then its militants have killed hundreds of civilians. The United States announced in March that the ADF was linked to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.