Catholic church bombed in DR Congo

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At least two people were injured on Sunday when a makeshift bomb exploded at a Catholic Church in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the police.

The explosion occurred at 6:00 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) in Beni city of North Kivu province, the city’s police chief, Narcisse Muteba Kashale, said.

Witnesses said the explosion also destroyed several pews and other objects on the spot.


The experts of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC that rushed to the site after the explosion said it was a homemade bomb targeting Christians coming for the Sunday worship.

The authorities have not identified the perpetrators.

But many in the city believed it was an attack by rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces, a militia group that has been active in the area for decades.


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