At least 46 civilians killed by suspected ADF fighters in Irumu territory, according to a regional official.
At least 46 civilians were reportedly killed in an attack by suspected rebel fighters on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a senior provincial official said Thursday.
Local security forces were sent to the village of Irumu territory to investigate, provincial interior minister Adjio Gidi said by telephone.
“The toll this afternoon would be 46 dead,” Gidi said.
He said the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were behind the raid.
The Ugandan armed group has reportedly carried out a series of massacres in eastern DRC, killing more than 1,000 civilians since the start of 2019, according to UN figures.
After being alerted to the latest violence, the troops went to the village and are in the process of collecting the bodies, said local army spokesman Jules Ngongo. He did not say how many were killed.
The DRC’s eastern borders with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi are home to a constellation of more than 100 different rebel groups, many remnants of its brutal civil wars that officially ended in 2003.
On Sunday, unidentified assailants killed at least six rangers in an ambush in Virunga National Park in eastern DRC, a sanctuary for endangered mountain gorillas.
The ISIS armed group (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for many alleged ADF attacks in the past, although UN experts have not been able to confirm a direct link between the two groups.