KINSHASA, Congo — Members of the extremist Allied Democratic Forces on Oct. 5 slaughtered 20 Christians — beheading an Anglican evangelist — in the Congo.
The militants, who are connected to the Islamic State group, raided the village of Kainama in North Kivu, killing the 20 Christians there, reported the human rights group International Christian Concern.
Observers say the intent of ongoing attacks on Christians is to create a caliphate and impose Islam on the nation’s citizens.
According to an Anglican bishop in Beni territory where Kainama is located, such atrocities are responsible for 50 deaths in just the first 10 days of October. Some were slaughtered and some fatally shot; others were taken hostage.
Allied Democratic Forces also is suspected of murdering 10 people, including an Anglican pastor, in Vido village in North Kivu, stated ICC, quoting the French media source AFP.
ICC says Christians make up 85-90% of the population in the Congo, located on the western coast of Central Africa.
The country is No. 40 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.
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