An attack by suspected rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces has left over a dozen people dead in the village of Masambo.
A bomb exploded at a Congolese restaurant as patrons gathered on Christmas Day in an eastern town where extremists are known to be active.
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.
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.
At least six people have been killed and 24 civilians abducted in the overnight attack in Beni, North Kivu province, officials said.
The attack happened overnight in the remote village of Baeti, the administrator of Beni territory in North Kivu province said.
Women and children among those murdered in two separate attacks in restive Ituri and North Kivu provinces of Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say.
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.
The Democratic Republic of Congo was two days away from declaring the end of the world's second-largest Ebola epidemic when a new chain of infection was discovered on April 10, following more than seven weeks without a new case.
Ebola was on the brink of being declared over, but new cases have propped up alongside the emergence of the coronavirus.
The new Ebola case prevented the Democratic Republic of Congo from declaring the end of the second-deadliest outbreak of the virus.
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