At least 17 people have been killed in a terror attack on a church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Around 40 others were wounded when the church was bombed during a baptism in the far east of the country near the Ugandan border.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for detonating an explosive device inside the church in the city of Kasindi.
Persecution watchdog Open Doors is blaming an Islamic group called the Alliance for Democratic Forces which is believed to be linked to Islamic State.
It has carried out several attacks in the Kasindi area, killing at least 370 civilians since last April.
Voice of America reports violence has wracked the eastern Congo for decades as more than 120 armed groups and self-defence militias fight for land and power.
The United Nations claims around six million people are internally displaced and hundreds of thousands are facing extreme food insecurity.
Last month, tens of thousands of Christians took to the streets across the country to protest against the rising violence against believers in eastern regions.
One of the survivors of the Islamic insurgency is Christian woman Kahindo .
Nine months ago terrorists murdered 30 people including most of her family before kidnapping her and her two-year old daughter.
They were held hostage at a camp in the forest before escaping when the Congolese army attacked.
International Christian Concern has helped Kahindo recover from the trauma of her ordeal.
She now runs a thriving grocery business and thanks God daily for keeping her alive.