The Congolese priest said that the women had “arrived at the scene early in the morning to arrange the church for Sunday worship.”
“The homemade bomb was placed where the choir set up their instruments, the first row after the altar,” he said.
Msgr. Laurent Sondirya, the vicar general of the diocese of Butemb-Beni, told local media that he believes the attackers were “targeting a large crowd” because a Confirmation Mass was scheduled to take place that day.
“They were targeting a large crowd because the ceremony would bring together children, their parents and the faithful,” Sondirya said.
The area in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo where the explosion occurred has experienced attacks from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an ISIS affiliated rebel group from neighboring Uganda.