DR Congo imposes curfew in Beni after weekend bombings

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People in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s city of Beni  woke up to a curfew after three bombs rocked the east of the country, with authorities warning they had reports more attacks were being planned.

On Sunday morning, a makeshift bomb went off in a Catholic church in the city, injuring two women, followed just hours later by a suicide bombing outside a bar.

A day earlier, a bomb exploded next to a petrol station on the outskirts of Beni without causing any damage.

The church attack on Sunday marked the first time a Catholic building has been targeted in the area, which has been beset by rising violence from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group, which has carried out a string of massacres in the last 18 months.

The attack at the church took place just an hour before a children’s confirmation ceremony was due to be held.

Traces of blood could be seen at the church entrance in the aftermath of the explosion, while shards of glass were scattered inside and the sound equipment destroyed.