The United Arab Emirates has condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 17 people were killed and 39 wounded as church-goers attended Sunday worship, officials say. The Congolese goverment blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

ABU DHABI JANUARY 16: The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, resulting in the death and injuries of dozens of people. The Congolese goverment blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). The ADF cooperates with the Islamic State.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) affirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism aimed at undermining security and stability and in contravention of human values and principles.

The Ministry expressed its solidarity with Congo and its people and its condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of this heinous crime as will as its wishes for speedy recovery for the injured.

The United Arab Emirates, or simply the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia (The Middle East). It is located at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula and shares borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia, while having maritime borders in the Persian Gulf with Qatar and Iran. Abu Dhabi is the nation’s capital, while Dubai, the most populous city, is an international hub.

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