This file photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows a burial procession for one of the victims of an attack by suspected Ugandan Islamist rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) near Beni. AFP / KUDRA MALIRO
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The official explanation for a two-year wave of massacres in a restive corner of Congo centers on a shadowy rebel group accused of having ties to the global Islamist militants underground.The ADF has not claimed any of the Beni massacres, and no experts working on Congo have found a link between the group and the global militant underground.It said members of the Congolese army, former rebels from the RCD-K/ML group – who held the area during the 1998-2003 Second Congo War – and local militias were all involved in the mass killings.In an interview with AFP, Beni's Mayor Bwanakawa Nyonyi said he believes the massacres are carried out by a nebulous group, with politically motivated "Congolese hands" behind them.A group of U.N. experts has repeatedly questioned whether the Congolese military was involved in the trafficking in various industries or in some massacres.
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