A kamikaze killed at least five people on Saturday in Beni, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), local officials said in a statement.
“The kamikaze, who the guards prevented from entering a bar full of customers, activated the bomb at the entrance. The still provisional balance is at least six dead, including the kamikaze, and 13 wounded admitted to the hospital,” said the Brigadier Sylvain Ekenge, spokesperson for the North-Kivu Military Governor.
The provincial authorities accused in the statement the rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group, the active militia with the most deaths behind its back in the region.
A city council source told AFP that two children and two local officials were among the dead.
More than thirty people were celebrating Christmas on the premises when the bomb exploded, two witnesses told AFP.
Beni, in Ituri province, on the DRC’s border with Uganda, has been the scene of frequent clashes between the army and the ADF. The Islamic State group presents the ADF as its local affiliate.