DRC Imposes Curfew in Beni After Weekend Attacks

People in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) city of Beni have awakened to a curfew following three bombs, which  rocked the east of the country on Sunday.

As city residents were coming to terms with the violence, the authorities warned that they had received reports of more attacks being planned.

On Sunday morning, a makeshift bomb went off in a Catholic church in Beni, injuring two women, followed just hours later by a suicide bombing outside a bar.

A day earlier, a bomb exploded next to a petrol station on the outskirts of the city without causing any damage.

Beni, located in the North Kivu province, was one of two regions President Felix Tshisekedi placed under a “state of siege” on May 6. Mr. Tshisekedi said the aim was to clamp down on rebel violence in the region.

“I don’t want to see anyone in the street,” Beni Mayor Narcisse Muteba said late on Sunday as he announced the curfew.

“Everyone should go inside because we have information that something else is being planned,” Mr. Muteba added.

Sunday’s attack on the church marked the first time a Catholic building has been targeted in the area, which has been beset by rising violence from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group, which has carried out a string of massacres in the last eighteen months.

FRCN Abuja

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