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World Suspected Islamists release 900 prisoners in eastern DRC

16:25  20 october  2020
16:25  20 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Over 900 inmates, including dangerous criminals and terrorists, escaped from a prison in the town of Beni in the eastern Democratic Republic of the The Allied Democratic Forces emerged from a Muslim sect in western Uganda in 1995 as an Islamist group opposing the country’s government.

BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 53 villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo 's Ituri province this week, a local official said on Thursday. The authorities blamed the attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday on the Allied Democratic

DR-CONGO-VIOLENCE: Suspected Islamists release 900 prisoners in eastern DRC

DES ISLAMISTES PRÉSUMÉS LIBÈRENT 900 PRISONNIERS DANS L'EST DE LA RDC © Reuters / STRINGER PRESUMED ISLAMISTS RELEASE 900 PRISONERS IN THE EASTERN DRC

BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Gunmen released at least 900 prisoners in a coordinated attack in the early hours of Tuesday on Beni central prison, said the mayor of this city in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who suspects the Allied Democratic Forces (FDA), an Islamist group from Uganda.

Of more than a thousand detainees, only a hundred did not escape following this simultaneous assault on Kangbayi prison and the military camp supposed to protect it, said Modeste Bakwanamaha.

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Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 53 villagers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo 's Ituri province this week, a local official said on Thursday. The authorities blamed the attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)

Suspected Islamist militants freed 93 prisoners during an attack on a jail in the central Mali town of Niono early on Tuesday, officials said. Last month, gunmen broke into a prison in southern Mali, freeing 21 inmates. But the two prisoners they had aimed to release had already been moved away

"Unfortunately, the attackers, who arrived in large numbers, managed to force open the door using electrical equipment," he told Reuters by telephone. "We believe it was the FDA that did this."


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The FDA have been active in eastern DRC since the 1990s. They have been responsible for the deaths of more than a thousand civilians since early 2019 , according to United Nations statistics, despite successive campaigns to try to eradicate them.

The Islamic State (IS) organization said the attack on the prison in Beni was carried out by fighters of what it describes as its outspoken in the Central African Province.

Several other attacks attributed to the FDA have already been claimed by ISIS although UN experts have found no evidence of a direct connection between the two groups.

On Twitter, Congolese police wrote that Kangbayi prison housed 1,300 detainees and that a large number had escaped.

(Stanis Bujakera and Erikas Mwisi Kambale; French version Bertrand Boucey, edited by Blandine Hénault)

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