Suspected Islamists in eastern Congo kill more than 80 people in a week

The death toll has risen to 41 after an attack Friday by suspected Islamist rebels on villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a Congolese army spokesman said, bringing the total death toll in the region since Tuesday to more than 80. Friday evening’s attack on the villages of Masala, Mapasana and Mahini was carried out by members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), said Lt. Col. Mak Hazukay, an army spokesman in Congo’s North Kivu province. The ADF, now based in eastern Congo, has pledged allegiance to Islamic State and regularly carries out attacks, further destabilizing a region where many militant groups are active.