According to World Watch Monitor, in the early morning of Tuesday 5 July, unknown men armed with guns and machetes attacked three Christian communities near the town of Oicha in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They looted homes and stole livestock, killing at least nine people.
The attack took place less than two miles from a United Nations base. The attack comes only two months after more than 30 Christians were murdered by the ADF in a similar-style assault on a village 15 miles north of Oicha, following which thousands of people fled the area.
World Watch Monitor adds that, according to local NGOs, over 1,000 people have been killed in predominately Christian eastern DRC between October 2014 and May 2016. Nearly 1,500 people have been abducted and more than 34,000 forcibly displaced. Women and children have also been the target of sexual violence.