Survivors of deadly raid in east Congo return home

STORY: Members the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) struck Mukondi and a neighbouring village overnight on Wednesday (March 8), torching buildings and killing at least 39 people and wounding many more, according to the local authorities.

The scale of the bloodshed has shocked the broader community in North Kivu province that has been menaced by marauding armed rebel groups since wars in the 1990s.

The Islamist militant group attacked the villages as residents were celebrating International Women's Day, said resident Paluku Mukata, who was among those who escaped.

"We saw people who had their throats slit," Mukata said.

The Islamic State, which the ADF pledged allegiance to in 2019, claimed responsibility for the attack late on Friday.

The violence has destabilised swathes of eastern Congo, driving over 5.5 million people from their homes in what has become the largest internal displacement crisis in Africa, according to the U.N. refugee agency.