According to, Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, the spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Ituri province, the incident occurred in the wee hours of Friday morning at around 5 a.m. when rebels attacked Otmaber and Mambelenga villages.
According to survivors and the Convention for the Respect of Human Rights (CRDH), an organization that monitors security in the region, the rebels attacked the area on Sunday night emerging from the nearby hill identified as Israel and started shooting at locals, killing 17. They also say that many were arrested and taken hostage.
The attack happened at around 8 p.m. at the bar located at Boulevard Nyamwisi, the main artery of the city of Beni, west of the Virunga National Park and the Rwenzori Mountains, on the edge of the Ituri Forest left eight people dead and 20 seriously injured. The attack targeted revellers who had gathered to celebrate Christmas.
Jonh Vulerio, the civil society coordinator of Mambasa territory says that what happened could increase because the enemy continued its abuses in the villages of Lukaya and Makumbise, not far from the scene of the Mahu.
Colonel Jean Baptiste Munyapandi, the administrator of Mambasa territory says that the situation is due to the fact that a large part of this territory is under the command of military operations in North Kivu.
In their joint communiqué, the two countries reaffirmed and endorsed that the pooling of forces aims to track down all armed groups and negative forces, specifically the ADF, and create stability in Eastern DRC.
Lt. Anthony Mwalushayi, the spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced that the operations in Beni territory of North Kivu enabled 27 DRC nationals to escape from the ADF camps.
The UPDF Deputy Spokesperson Lt. Col Ronald Kakurungu says more than 16 fighters from the ADF have surrendered following intense military assault on their bases and others surrendered to benefit from the government amnesty.
According to residents, the heavily armed attackers emerged from Virunga National Park and simultaneously attacked the villages. Locals claim that the alleged rebels were M23. Later in the evening, General Sylvain Ekenge, the Congolese army's deputy spokesman accused M23 of being behind the attack.