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Islamic State claims Congo church attack as death toll rises to 14

by Reuters Journalist

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack during a Sunday service at a church in the eastern Congolese town of Kasindi.

At least 14 people were killed and 63 others injured in the bombing the terror group admitted to on its Telegram account. 

President Felix Tshisekedi has condemned the 15th January attack.

The Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo said in a press statement: “Very saddened by the heinous crime. The father of the nation, his excellency Felix Tshisekedi, presents his most heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, reassuring that the culprits will be arrested, prosecuted and punished. The administrative and security authorities evacuated the wounded to health centers, while the corpses were taken to the morgue,"

Government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said in a statement that the government strongly condemns the attack, which was visibly perpetrated by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists against citizens in worship in a church.

The ADF was formed in Uganda in the late 1990s with the main intention of overthrowing the president. Overpowered by the Ugandan army, its fighters fled to Congolese forests, where they attacked innocent civilians.

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