At least 10 killed in suspected rebel attack in eastern Congo

At least 10 people were killed when gunmen thought to be Ugandan rebels attacked an area in eastern Congo, an army spokesman said Monday.

The overnight attack on Boikene, a suburb of the town of Beni, claimed the lives of eight civilians and one soldier, Guillaume Ndjike said.

The army repulsed the attack and was pursuing the gunmen, one of who was killed, according to Ndjike. Witnesses said two of the attackers were killed.

Ndjike said the attackers were believed to belong to the Ugandan Islamist rebel group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Unidentified attackers have killed at least 680 civilians in Beni territory over the past two years, Human Rights Watch said last week.

The attacks have often been blamed on the ADF, but the international rights group said its research pointed to the involvement of other armed groups and even army officers.

Dozens of armed groups are active in eastern Congo, where they vie for control over territory and mineral resources.

Last update: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 19:30
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