At least 28 people were killed during four days of clashes between security forces and militants in central Congo, Interior Minister Evariste Boshab said Sunday.
Among the dead were eight security officers, 14 militia members and six civilians, including three school children, the minister said. Dozens of others were injured.
More than 50 of the fighters were arrested, according to Boshab.
Fighting broke out on Thursday, when militia members entered the town of Kasanga to avenge the death of their leader, Kamwina Nsapu, who was killed by police in August.
The militia group is fighting against what they call “unjust political domination” in Congo’s central Kasai province.