The massacres have become more frequent since the army launched an offensive in October 2019, forcing the ADF to break up into smaller, highly mobile units, say experts.
Witnesses and a conflict monitor confirm there are at least 12 dead in the attack, blaming it on the Allied Democratic Forces, which has the reputation of being the bloodiest of the 122 militias which plague the eastern DRC.
Local officials blame the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for carrying out the deadly assault on the village in Irumu territory.
Officials say 21 people were “savagely” killed in the Rwenzori area of the eastern Beni region, blaming militia members of Allied Democratic Forces for the attack.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s forces were chasing ADF fighters when they found the remains of at least 25 civilians, the administrator of the Beni territory said.
At least six people died from machete wounds and the bodies of six others who were kidnapped were later found, an army spokesperson said.
At least six people have been killed and 24 civilians abducted in the overnight attack in Beni, North Kivu province, officials said.
A government-led military operation against various rebel groups in the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused hundreds of thousands to flee the region, amid a mounting death toll on both sides.
A senior regional official in the eastern Ituri province said "attackers armed with guns and knives killed 21 civilians in Mahagi," which was the deadliest attack in three days.
Officials say assailants of the armed group CODECO killed 22 civilians in the village of Koli and in the second attack, two soldiers, a civilian and five members of the ADF militia were killed in Beni.
At least 62 civilians killed in a series of attacks by ADF militants this week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say, while an NGO says seven people were killed by Mai-Mai militia in volatile Beni region.
The Congolese rights group said that rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces had killed at least 43 people since Friday in and around Beni, the epicentre of the ongoing Ebola epidemic.
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