Congolese authorities in the North Kivu say 40 people were on Wednesday night abducted by the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).
According to authorities, the hostages were transported in a lorry along the Kibirizi –Goma road before vanishing into the forests.
North Kivu Provincial governor Julien Paluku reveals that the abducted locals were from the village of Rwindi located about 100 Kilometers North of the Provincial Capital Goma.
The Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels are said to have emerged from the Virunga National Park and intercepted the truck which was carrying goods and passengers.
Those abducted were transporting cassava to the capital Goma.
The abduction is said to have been conducted without any shot being fired even when the rebels were reportedly heavily armed.
The rebels are said to have later on abandoned the vehicle along the Kibirizi –Goma road taking the occupants and the goods as well.
The abduction comes at a time when the FDLR rebels are under serious pressure from the Congolese government forces who in February this year decided to forcefully disarm them on refusing to voluntary denounce the rebellion.
The rebels are dominated by the ethnic Hutus who are linked to the 1994 Rwanda Genocide which claimed over 800,000 people.
They crossed to Democratic Republic of Congo Rwanda after losing the battle in Rwanda that brought the Genocide .
In early March, the Congolese military in North Kivu had decided to escort all civilian vehicles that travel the routes to Goma from the villages in an effort to check the abductions but this was later on abandoned after revelations that the FDLR had lost most of the territory they controlled.
Congolese army spokesperson for the North Kivu Province Olivier Hamuli says that forces are pursuing the rebels.