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More than 12 Worshipers killed as bomb detonates during DRC church service in Congo

At least 12 people have been killed and at least 50 wounded when a bomb detonated during church service Sunday in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the government of Congo

The attack was “visibly perpetrated” by members of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which has ties with ISIS, “against citizens in full worship in the parish of the 8th Community of Pentecostal Churches of Congo” in the city of Kasindi in North Kivu, DRC’s Communications Ministry said Sunday, adding, “the government strongly condemns the bomb attack.”

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaaq propaganda news agency, which claimed ISIS fighters planted an improvised explosive device (IED) in the church.

In a statement, the Congolese government expressed its "deepest condolences" to the bereaved families.

The UN mission in DR Congo condemned "the cowardly and despicable attack" in Kasindi.

Its comments were echoed by Congolese military spokesman Antony Mualushayi, who said: "It is clear that this is a terrorist act perpetrated by the ADF terrorists who have suffered casualties in several battlefields by the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo."

Mr Mualushayi added that an "improvised explosive device" was used in the attack.

Kasindi is roughly 8 kilometres (5 miles) away from Beni where the ADF is active.

Back in December, the top UN representative in the country told the Security Council security was "one of the most significant challenges" faced by DR Congo.

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The ADF, an Islamist militant group, was formed in the 1990s primarily over domestic grievances within Uganda.

But since it re-emerged in DR Congo - with a series of attacks on Congolese civilians and a more global jihadist dimension - the ADF has increasingly claimed attacks in the name of the so-called Islamic State group.



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