Suicide bomber kills 5 after detonating vest in busy restaurant on Christmas Day

A suicide bomber has blown himself up in a crowded restaurant on Christmas Day – killing five people as well as himself.

More than 30 people were enjoying meals at the In Box bar and restaurant in Beni, East Congo when the attack happened.

Six people died and 14 were injured, with local sources claiming that two children and two local officials were among the dead.

Government officials blamed the ISIS-affiliated Allied Democratic Forces militia, reports the Daily Mail, although the group has not yet claimed responsibility.

Narcisse Muteba, the colonel running the city during the current bout of civil unrest, demanded that residents returned home for the rest of Christmas.

Général Ekenge Sylvain, spokesman for the regional government said: “The suicide bomber, prevented by security guards from entering a crowded bar, activated the bomb at the entrance of the bar.

“We call on people to remain vigilant and to avoid crowded areas during the holiday season,' said Sylvain.

“In the city and territory of Beni, it is difficult, in these times to know who is who.”

Rachel Magali, who had been at the restaurant-bar with family members for the majority of the day told The Associated Press news agency: “Suddenly we saw black smoke surrounding the bar and people started to cry.

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“We rushed to the exit where I saw people lying down.

“There were green plastic chairs scattered everywhere and I also saw heads and arms no longer attached. It was really horrible.”

Tensions in the region have escalated recently, which has seen the army deployed to the streets, as well as UN peacekeepers deployed, too.

Earlier this year, in March, the United States put the Allied Democratic Forces on its list of “terrorist groups” due to its known affiliation with the ISIS terrorist group.

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