A suicide bomber killed at least five people by detonating a bomb on Saturday in Beni, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, an official source said in the evening.
The provincial authorities accuse the rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group of being behind this act.
“The suicide bomber, prevented by the security guards from accessing the bar crowded with customers, activated the bomb at the entrance. The still provisional toll shows six dead, including the suicide bomber, and 13 wounded admitted to local hospitals, ”said Brigadier General Sylvain Ekenge, spokesman for the military governor of North Kivu in a statement relayed by medias.
“Among the wounded are the two deputy mayors of the Communes of Mulekera and Ruwenzori”, added the same source, indicating that “the ADF terrorists at bay have activated their sleeper cells in the town of Beni in order to launch actions against the peaceful citizens ”.
The bomb exploded inside the “In Box” restaurant, located in the center of the city of Beni, where more than thirty people were celebrating Christmas, according to witnesses and media.
On June 27, the explosion of a homemade bomb in a Catholic church injured two women. The same day, the bearer of a bomb was killed in the explosion of his machine near a bar and not far from a mosque and the day before, another machine had exploded, not far from a gas station. , without doing any damage.
The authorities accused the ADF rebels of being responsible for these acts in the town of Beni.
North Kivu and Ituri have been under siege since early May, an exceptional measure that gave full powers to the military.
In these two provinces, the Congolese and Ugandan armies have been carrying out joint military operations since November 30 against the positions of the rebels of the Ugandan group of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).