Nine civilians were murdered early on Tuesday in the latest in a long spate of attacks in eastern Congo’s North Kivu province, an army spokesperson said.
The overnight raid targeted the town of Oicha, in Beni territory, where more than 500 people have been killed in numerous attacks, often carried out with machetes, since October 2014.
As with previous attacks, Congolese officials and the UN’s military mission in DRC (Monusco), attributed Tuesday’s killings to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a partly Islamist armed group of Ugandan origin.
Based in eastern DRC for more 20 years, the ADF has been accused of copious human rights abuses and is thought to be deeply embroiled in criminal networks funded by kidnappings, smuggling and logging.
Dozens of armed groups are active in North Kivu, where government troops have also been accused of preying on the civilian population.
“Fear is taking hold among the people of Oicha, who yet again call on the government to provide security,” said civil society leader Teddy Kataliko, who also blamed the ADF for the attack.
News24 with files from AFP.