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.
Armed men launched their assault on towns of Oicha and Kisima in North Kivu Province with killings in Congo’s mineral-rich east said to have more than doubled in last year.
Officials say militants from Allied Democratic Forces attacked a village in Beni region of North Kivu province, killing at least 12 farmers.
At least six people died from machete wounds and the bodies of six others who were kidnapped were later found, an army spokesperson said.
The attack happened overnight in the remote village of Baeti, the administrator of Beni territory in North Kivu province 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.
Death toll in the east of the vast country soared in recent weeks, the UN says, as conflicts in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces spread, "with disastrous repercussions for the civilian population."
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.
Officials of restive Beni region in Democratic Republic of Congo blame ADF fighters for massacre in Alungupa village in "surprise" attack.
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.
Allied Democratic Forces, a militia originally from neighbouring Uganda, has killed more than 200 people since the army launched an offensive against the militia on October 30, according to a toll compiled by civil society groups.
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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