Being described as a continuation of sporadic genocide, 20 mutilated and fragmented bodies have been found near Oicha, just north of Beni, dead as a result of knife attacks. Reports describe killers calmly entering villages at night and targeting men, women and children. Yesterday’s attacks came despite the presence of President Kabila in the region, who is there to boost local confidence and to help direct efforts to secure the area. The total killed by similar attacks now exceeds 100.

While the Islamic ADF has been blamed, there have been reports that certain Mai-Mai rebels may also be conducting such atrocities while having blame assigned to the ADF.