At least 6 people have been killed in a terrorist attack on a restaurant in the town of Beni near the DRC-Uganda border.
Authorities say a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), killing at least five people and himself.
“Five people have been killed in the blast, including the bomber, who made six,” Mayor Narcisse Muteba Kashale told Reuters on Saturday.
Congolese government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said on Twitter the blast was the result of a suicide bombing, and security forces were investigating.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility.
“Human deaths have been reported. Security agencies have already been established and initiatives have been launched, “Muyaya said on Twitter.
The AFP newspaper previously reported that their reporter had seen at least three bodies at the site of the blast, the In Box restaurant.
Kashale, who is also a police Colonel, said two of the men were children. The injured survivors were taken to a nearby hospital, he said.
“A search is under way to determine the cause of the terrorist attacks,” he told the Associated Press.
Beni, near the eastern border of the DRC and Uganda, has been the scene of ongoing conflict between the armed forces and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a former Ugandan Muslim group.
In June, three bombs he shook in the east of the country, with government officials warning that they have reports in the pipeline.
In late November, the DRC and Uganda launched an anti-ADF operation in the east of the country after Congolese troops struggled for months to end the deadly ADF violence.