Crime

DRC CHURCH BOMB BLAST DEATH TOLL RISES TO 40

The DRC President Felix Tshisekedi condemned the attack.

By Obed Kithende

KASINDI: The death toll resulting from the bombing that happened on Sunday during church service at Kasindi Town Church in North Kivu province has raised to 40, local media house reports.

The church is located one kilometer away from the Ugandan borderline with the Democratic Republic of Congo {DRC}.

The DRC President Felix Tshisekedi condemned the attack.

According to the Ugandan former minister of defence and Kasese district NRM chairperson Dr. Chrispus Walter Kiyonga, more than 40 persons have been killed and many more injured by a terrorist explosion in Lhubiriha Eastern DRC close to the border with Uganda.

He also condemned the act and conveyed his deep condolences to the families of the brothers and sisters who have been killed or injured by this very ugly act.

The population is strongly advised to exercise a very high degree of alertness, particularly when people are in crowds, including in houses of prayer.

In villages or cells in urban centers people should look out for strangers and cooperate with chairpersons LC1s and securities personnel in reporting such persons or strange objectives.

Lt. Joe Walusimbi, the RDC for Kasese said that Uganda is ably manning its borders.

He however advised the managers of busy and happening places including bus terminals, markets, places of worship to be extra vigilant and identify new and strange faces, and subsequently report them to the security.

Lt. Walusimbi also encouraged the people crossing the border to DR Congo from Uganda and vice versa to use the appropriate channels of immigration department so that they are provided with the necessary travel documents for security purposes.

“Pass through the rightful channels to be free from being suspected of terror acts or even incarcerated.”

Walusimbi revealed that his office is planning to hold a security meeting with hotel, guest house and restaurant owners on how they should handle their guests.

Following the incident, The South Rwenzori Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Nason Baluku has directed all church leaders across the Diocese to put in place all possible measures that would help them identify new and strange people who might join the congregation during church fellowships.

Bishop Baluku’s directive follows an incident that happened on Sunday afternoon at Cepac Lhubiriha Central Kasindi Town Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo where a terrorist entered the church with a bomb that exploded and left Christians dead and others injured.

According to the prelate, the church leaders should introduce security metal detectors at all the church entrances, report new and strange people to the relevant authorities and to also ensure that the Christians limit the luggage especially the bags that they do come with to the church.

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