KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Islamists recently killed at least 12 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in an ongoing assault against Christians.
Allied Democratic Forces, which are aligned with the Islamic State, raided Masambo village in North Kivu province April 3. At least a dozen were slain, reports the relief group Barnabas Fund.
The attack is part of a continued onslaught against Christians in North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In March, Allied Democratic Forces killed more than 50 individuals in Ituri and as many as 30 in North Kivu.
In a video April 1, the organization’s leader pledged anew the group’s alliance with the Islamic State (known as IS, ISIS, ISIL and Daesh). Allied Democratic Forces also is called Islamic State Central Africa Province, a group that the U.S. has designated a terrorist organization.
Last April, Democratic Republic of the Congo Christian leaders warned that the group’s method of operation is to “kidnap and force victims to join the Islamic faith,” says Barnabas Fund.
Democratic Republic of the Congo is No. 40 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.