The number of people killed in two attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has risen to at least 50. They are believed to have been perpetrated by gunmen from the Allied Democratic Forces, or ADF, one of the dozens of armed groups operating in the region. However, the area has also suffered violence between two ethnic groups.
One attack was in Boga, the other in Tchabi. Both villages are located in the Ituri province in eastern Congo, near the border with Uganda. Eyewitnesses said armed men on motorcycles attacked a camp for people who had been displaced by the previous violence. The fact that the wife of a local chief was among the victims has led some in the area to suspect that ethnic rivalry was behind this and not the rebel group ADF.
Ituri and the neighboring North Kivu provinces are currently in a kind of state of emergency. President Felix Tshisekedi granted additional powers to the military to address the insecurity that has suffered numerous attacks each week despite the presence of thousands of UN peacekeepers.