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Islamic State claims responsibility for attack in Congo -statement

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Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday that targeted the town of Lume in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the group’s news agency said in a statement on its Telegram channel on Saturday.

Democratic Republic of Congo military personnel on patrol. File picture: Reuters/Kenny Katombe

CAIRO/BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo – Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on Thursday that targeted the town of Lume in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the group’s news agency said in a statement on its Telegram channel on Saturday.

On Friday, two witnesses said assailants had killed at least a dozen patients at a clinic overnight, blaming the raid on Islamist fighters allied to Islamic State.

The army on Friday blamed the raid on a local militia allied with Islamist fighters.

Insurgents believed to be from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed group that has operated in the dense forests of eastern Congo for decades, attacked a church clinic at around 10pm on Thursday night, two witnesses said.

An army spokesman said the attackers were actually from a local militia collaborating with the ADF and using the same methods.

The army killed three fighters and captured one when it responded to the attack in the town of Lume, in North Kivu province, said army spokesman Anthony Mualushay.

He said there were nine dead, including three children, while a nurse at the hospital counted 13 bodies.

“In the hospital ward there were four patients who all burned to death, in the paediatric unit all the mattresses are burned and in the side wards we just collected nine bodies,” said Kule Mwenge Salomon, a nurse at Lume health centre.

Kakule Vikere Lem was feeding his father at the clinic when he saw a column of people with torches approaching the town, around 40km south-east of the city of Beni.

“I fled, thinking that they would spare the hospital, but unfortunately they burned my father in the hospital,” Vikere said.

– REUTERS

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