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Suspected militia kill 9 in DR Congo’s clinic

Assailants have killed at least nine patients in an attack on a clinic in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight.

The army confirmed this on Friday, blaming the raid on a local militia allied with Islamist fighters.

The insurgents believed to be from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan armed group that has operated in the dense forests of eastern Congo for decades, attacked a church clinic at around 10.00 p.m. on Thursday night, two witnesses said.

The army killed three fighters and captured one when it responded to the attack in the town of Lume, in North Kivu province, army spokesman Anthony Mualushay said.

Mualushay said there were nine dead, including three children, while a nurse at the hospital counted 13 bodies.

“In the hospital ward there were four patients who all burned to death, in the paediatric unit all the mattresses are burned, and in the side wards we just collected nine bodies,” said Kule Mwenge Salomon, a nurse at Lume health centre.

Writing by Muzha Kucha