Suspected jihadists killed four people and burnt up to 14 vehicles of a convoy under military escort on Wednesday in Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern Ituri province, a Western monitoring group and local sources said.
The attack occurred near the town of Ofai, the US-based Kivu Security Tracker (KST) said on Twitter, adding that the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were suspected to have carried it out.
It said the toll of three dead was still provisional.
The ADF, which the United States has deemed a terrorist group, is considered the deadliest of scores of armed militias that roam the mineral-rich eastern DR Congo.
The convoy was under escort by UN peacekeepers in the MONUSCO force and the Congolese army, according to a local civil society official, Dieudonne Malangayi.
Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, the spokesman of military operations in Ituri, said the rebels killed four people including one whose charred body was found in one of the vehicles that were set ablaze.
Source: Guardian Newspaper