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19 killed in Congo by Rebels

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Rebels killed 19 people then set fire to a health center and house in Kirindera town in Congo.

Conflict in eastern Congo has simmered for decades between the Congo’s armies and the Allied Democratic Forces said a panel of U.N. experts in a recent report.

ADF attacks have killed dozens of people in several North Kivu villages in recent days. Congo’s authorities say people were slaughtered with guns, knives, and machetes while trying to escape from the ADF attacks.

The ADF has links to the Islamic State. Aamaq, a news agency connected to the Islamic State recently claimed responsibility for killing more than 35 Christians and wounding dozens in eastern Congo last week.

The U.N. and other human rights groups have accused the ADF rebels of maiming, raping and abducting civilians, including children. The United States recently offered a reward of up to $5 million for information that could lead to the capture of the group’s leader, Sera Musa Baluku.

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