Two women were injured when a bomb exploded inside a church in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
This was one of three blasts that took place in the city over the last weekend in June. Hours after the church bombing, a suicide bomber died in an attack outside a bar; the previous day, a bomb exploded next to a petrol station, without causing any damage.
Beni is in the North Kivu province. Along with neighbouring Ituri province, it was placed under a state of siege on 6 May by President Felix Tshisekedi because of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an extremist Islamist group.
The ADF, which has been active in the mainly Christian north-east for over 20 years, attacked camps for internally displaced persons in both North Kivu and Ituri provinces on 31 May, killing at least 55 people.
In May, volcanic eruptions killed 32 people and destroyed at least 4,000 houses in Goma, which is also in the North Kivu region. According to UN refugee agency UNHCR, North Kivu is ‘struggling with decades of conflict and violence’ that has displaced more than 2 million people.