Near the city of Beni, there are reports that 21 women and children were killed by the Islamic group ADF, allied to elements of Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab movement.  Most were raped and hacked to death, with body parts strewn into trees.

The UN is not confirming responsibility, but Jaribu Muliwavyo, a member of North Kivu’s provincial assembly from Beni, said “ADF-NALU has been moving for the last two or three weeks and this locality was in their route. ADF-NALU controls this area. It is terrorism, pure and simple.”