Butembo-Beni, 21 October, 2022 / 9:54 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Nun serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Butembo-Beni Diocese is among seven people who were reportedly killed on Thursday, October 20 morning when gunmen attacked a Catholic Mission hospital in Maboya village.
Members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) raided Maboya village, killing Sr. Dr. Marie-Sylvie Kavuke Vakatsuraki and six others who were patients at the Catholic health facility, Persecution.org reported.
Soldiers of ADF, an ISIS affiliated rebel group from neighboring Uganda reportedly under the leadership of a Muslim who abandoned his Christian faith, are said to have made away with “drugs and medical equipment, and set the hospital on fire.”
In a statement issued October 20, the Local Ordinary of Butembo-Beni Diocese “strongly condemns” the attack on the mission hospital and extends his condolences to those affected by the attack.
“It is with deep consternation that the Diocese of Butembo-Beni learned the sad news of an armed attack on Maboya village targeting, among others, the Centre de Santé de Référence de Maboya, which is a health facility of our Diocesan Office of Medical Works (BDOM),” Bishop Melchisédec Sikuli Paluku says in his statement obtained by ACI Africa.