(CNS News) – Members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Congo, a radical Islamist group, killed 20 Congolese Christians and kidnapped several others on Oct. 4 in the village of Kainama, reported the International Christian Concern (ICC), a news outlet that focuses on Christian persecution worldwide.
The 20 victims were beheaded and, according to the ICC, at least 50 Christians have been murdered by the ADF since the start of October. Kainama is in eastern Congo in a province that borders Lake Kivu.
The ADF is a terrorist operation within the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – Democratic Republic of the Congo (ISIS-DRC), according to the U.S. State Department. The group killed over 849 Congolese civilians in 2020 alone.
One of the 20 victims on Oct. 4 was Sobu Mundeke, an evangelist with the Anglican Church of Congo. He and his family had fled from the ADF in May 2022 when the Islamists attacked the village of Vido, killing 16 people.
Venerable Jeanpierre, the Archdeacon of Kainama, told the ICC, “It pains me to inform you that we have lost 20 Christians of the Banande-Kainama camp and our evangelist, Sobu Mundeke, is one of them. Their bodies are lying all over, and houses have been burnt down by the ADF rebels. … We have also confirmed that other people are missing, and we know they have been taken away by the Muslim fighters.”
According to the ICC, the aim of the ADF “is to impose Islamic rule on the Christians, and this they will do by violating the freedom of worship of believers in order to cause fear and recruit more people into Islam.”
The bishop of Beni Anglican Diocese told the ICC, “We are losing believers almost every night savagely slaughtered or shot dead by the Muslim rebels. We do not get to know all the cases, but we can verify that since the beginning of this month, 50 have been killed, and tens taken away as hostages to serve the rebels in their camps inside the forests.”
He continued, “In the Ruwenzori Sector, on the night of October 1, they killed 11 people with several cases of missing people. Again on the night of October 2, 19 people were brutally killed, and others went missing in Mambume, Mutuei, and Mangazi in the locality of Mamove, Oicha. Then on Tuesday night, October 4th, they massacred 20 people in Kainama, and several others are reported missing until now.”