Reports on the defeat of the ADF near Beni appear to be premature. There are now reports that Islamic militants have murdered three Congolese priests for refusing to convert to Islam. Radio Kivu 1 also reports that “three hostages from Doctors Without Borders, Romy, Philippe and Richard kidnapped July 11, 2013, could also be dead.

The administrator of the territory of Beni announced Monday the release of about 250 hostages from the hands of Ugandan rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF-NALU) by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).

“I can not tell you if there are already dead. However, we have collected testimonies sufficient to prove that there are summary executions committed by the Ugandan rebels, “said Kalonda Amisi, administrator of the territory of Beni. He said, “an estimated 150 people are still being held hostage by the ADF.”