A Kenyan man was arrested in connection with a bomb attack on a church in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday that left at least 10 people dead.
Kenyan officials said they had been informed the Congolese authorities are holding 29-year-old Abdirizak Muktar Garad, who hails from Wajir County.
The Kenyan team was reaching out to families in Kenya to confirm more on Garad.
The bomb attack took place at a church in Kasindi near the DRC-Uganda border, in which at least 39 other people were injured.
FARDC Spokesman Anthony Mualushayi on Sunday said that, after an initial investigation at the scene of the tragedy, a Kenyan was arrested for having links to the planning of the attack now associated with the ADF.
In January 2022, another Kenyan, Salim Rashid Mohamed aka Chotara, was arrested in DRC following months of hunt by Congolese authorities.
Authorities had then claimed that a network of terrorists had been established in the DRC attracting certain people from across East Africa.
Officials said Salim and several other suspects were said to have crossed into the DRC via Uganda.
The bomb attack happened during a service at a Protestant church in the eastern DRC.
Mualushay said the attack during the Sunday service in the city of Kasindi, on the border with Uganda, was likely carried out by the Allied Democratic Force (ADF), a Ugandan armed group that has pledged allegiance to ISIL (ISIS).
The ADF, which began as an uprising in Uganda but has been based in the DRC since the late 1990s.
Survivors and witnesses said the blast severed some people’s limbs from their bodies.
Kasindi is in a province where Congolese and Ugandan forces have launched a campaign against the ADF.
Troops from Uganda’s army have deployed to eastern Congo to try to stem the violence, but the attacks have increased and spread.