Terror In Congo: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Massacre Of Over 60 Christians

The Democratic Republic of Congo is reeling from a devastating attack claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS), in which more than 60 Christians were brutally murdered in the Masala area of Beni. The terrorist organization took responsibility for the massacre through a chilling statement on their Telegram channel, revealing the true scope of the tragedy.

The attack, which targeted innocent civilians and a Congolese army officer, has left survivors traumatized and the region in a state of shock. One survivor, speaking to International Christian Concern, described the horrific scene as a “trail of devastation and despair,” with the loss of life and destruction of property reaching catastrophic levels.

The recent claim by ISIS is part of a disturbing pattern of escalating violence directed towards Christians in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Just weeks earlier, on May 13th, at least 11 Christians were killed in an attack on the village of Ndimbo in Ituri Province, where numerous individuals were also kidnapped and homes were set ablaze.

In another shocking incident, 14 Catholics were brutally slaughtered in an ambush by the ISIS-affiliated militia known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the town of Eringeti. The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported that many of the victims were very young and were targeted for refusing to convert to Islam, underscoring the senseless cruelty of these attacks.

The ongoing conflict in Eastern Congo, driven by the battle for control over the region’s vast mineral resources, has been raging for more than three decades. The human cost has been immense, with an estimated six million people killed since 1996. The violence has also forced roughly a million Congolese to flee to neighboring countries, while another 6.1 million have been internally displaced.

As the international community comes to terms with the horrifying reality of ISIS’s presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, swift and decisive action is needed to protect vulnerable communities and bring an end to the relentless violence that has plagued the region for far too long.