No fewer than 11 people have been killed and 15 others abducted, including 10 children, as rebels strike near Beni, on the DR Congo’s eastern border with Uganda, security sources said Sunday.
Police recovered the bodies of 11 civilians killed in the town of Matete north of Beni, police chief Colonel Safari Kazingufu told AFP, adding that the missing children were from five to 10 years old.
The attack, thought to have been carried out by members of the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), had targeted Beni, the regional army spokesman Captain Mak Hazukay told stated.
“We repulsed the attack but unfortunately, there were deaths among the civilians and soldiers,” he said, without specifying how many soldiers had been killed.
One local resident who spoke with AFP said he had seen the bodies of two uniformed men at the site of the fighting.
This was confirmed by a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO, who said they had been involved in an exchange of fire with suspected rebels near Beni.