By Kezia Agaba
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels are reported to have carried out a gruesome attack in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo ,in which they raped several women and children ,mutilated and beheaded 21 people .The UN peacekeeping mission in DRC reported the attack on Monday.
The UN mission MONUSCO said the victims, including a baby, were hacked to death in an attack of “extreme brutality” in a wave of violence in North Kivu last week.
A local civil society organisation blamed the rampage on the Muslim Ugandan rebel group ADF-Nalu, one of the oldest but least known armed organisations based in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The victims, including women and children — the youngest of which is thought to have been only a few months old — were hacked to death on December 13 and 14,” the MONUSCO statement said.
“Three girls under 18 are reported to gave been raped by the attackers and then beheaded.
The attacks took place in several villages near Beni, a town which lies about 150 miles (250 kilometres) north of the provincial capital Goma, MONUSCO said.
MONUSCO chief Martin Kobler expressed his “deep disgust” at the attack.
“These atrocities will not go unpunished,” he vowed in the statement.