First “they tried to force some of our Christians to convert to Islam.”
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Jihadist Militants Slaughter Christians in Congo, Sources Say
Jihadist Militants Slaughter Christians in Congo Clergyman loses wife, four children in horrific attack. By Our East Africa Correspondent
Kenya, December 1, 2020 (Morning Star News) – Suspected members of an insurgent jihadist group slaughtered 20 Christians in villages in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between Nov. 20 and Nov. 25, area sources said.
The Islamic State-linked Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are suspected in the attacks on villages in North Kivu Province, said a local clergyman who lost his family in an assault on Mayitike village, about 20 miles northwest of Beni town, on Nov. 20.
“They tried to force some of our Christians to convert to Islam,” the clergyman, whose name is withheld for security reasons, told a Morning Star News contact. “They also tried to force my wife and our four children to convert to Islam, but when they refused to convert, they shot my wife in the head while our four children were cut into pieces with a Somali sword.”
The source said he was away from his village the day of the attack and thus his life was spared.
The jihadist insurgents, who have been active in predominantly Christian, northeastern Congo for 20 years, accelerated attacks on civilians after the DRC army launched a large-scale offensive in October 2019. The clergyman said the rebel militants intend to establish an Islamist state ruled by sharia (Islamic law).
The Morning Star News contact who interviewed the clergyman in his home said she found people in Beni town in terror on Nov. 27.
“There was a throng of Christians flooding the streets in a helpless situation, as well as radical Muslim extremists surrounding five churches,” she said. “Ten girls had been raped and 15 girls abducted from the Anglican Church and Roman Catholic Church, with 14 Christians admitted to a hospital in critical condition with injuries to their heads, and others with fractured hands and legs due to the use of guns, machete, clubs, Somali swords and axes.”
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