Mass Jail Break, As DR Congo Violence Worsens

Armed men have raided a jail in the town of Butembo in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, releasing all 370 prisoners.

Reports say the Congolese army and the town’s mayor confirmed the raid, but that there were conflicting reports as to who was responsible for the incident which tool place late on Saturday night.

No one was injured in the attacks and by Sunday morning around 20 of the escapees were re-arrested.

The North Kivu province of eastern DR Congo has been hit by violence over the last 10 days, with officials and local rights groups saying that about 80 people have been killed.

The blame for many of the attacks has been levelled at the Allied Democratic Forces, ADF, a secretive Ugandan rebel group hiding out in the neighbouring country. It has terrorised the area for much of the last two decades.

On Thursday, about 26 people were slaughtered with machetes in Beni, while 50km away in Eringeti, another 24 people, mostly women and children, were killed when militia entered the town and used machetes, axes and hoes to kill them.

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