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A deadly bomb explosion targeting a restaurant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

A bomb exploded at a Congolese restaurant when patrons gathered on Christmas Day in an eastern town known for its militants.

Immediately after the bomb exploded, violent shootings rang and panicked crowds fled the city center. (Archive photo) (AP)

A bomb exploded in a restaurant in a city in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing at least three people.

Mayor Beni Narcis Muteva Kashale announced an explosion on local radio on Saturday.

“There is a bomb that just exploded in the city center,” said Kashale, a police colonel.

“For safety, I ask the residents to stay home,” he added.

Patrick Muyaya, a spokesman for the Congolese government, said the blast was caused by a suicide bomber. There was no immediate liability claim.

“Life loss has been reported. Security services have already been deployed and first steps have been taken,” Muyaya said on Twitter.

A nearby Reuters journalist said he heard an explosion near Greenwich Mean Time 1800 GMT (7 pm local time) shortly after the afternoon Catholic Mass, near a major road in the city.

Immediately after the bomb exploded, violent shootings rang and panicked crowds fled the city center.

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Ongoing anxiety

The town has long been the target of rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a group whose origins date back to neighboring Uganda.

However, Daesh’s affiliates have claimed responsibility for the two explosions in Beni in June, raising concerns that radicalism is still taking hold there.

These explosions included the first known suicide bomber in eastern Congo, the Ugandans who suicide bombed outside the bar.

The Daesh Group’s Central African Republic later said that suicide bombers were targeting Christians.

Another explosion of the day took place in a Catholic church, injuring two people.

Townspeople have repeatedly expressed anger at ongoing anxieties despite military attacks and the presence of UN peacekeepers in Beni.

In recent years, the town has also suffered from an epidemic of Ebola, with some minor outbreaks of the disease.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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