16 killed in new massacre in eastern DRC

2014-12-09 18:16

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Kigali - Suspected Ugandan rebels have killed at least 16 people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said on Tuesday.

The death toll is set to rise should the attackers kill more while retreating, said Remy Paluku Lumande, the traditional chief in Musuku village where the massacre occurred late Monday.

A witness said suspected members of the Islamist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF-NALU) attacked civilians with guns, axes, knives and machetes.

Musuku is located about 28km from the town of Beni. Suspected rebels had hacked 36 people to death in the same area on Saturday.

More than 250 people have been killed in the Beni area since October.

The ADF started in the 1990s as a minor group in Uganda's western Ruwenzori mountains. The Ugandan army overpowered it in 2004 and its remnants fled to eastern DRC, where it joined forces with another rebel group, the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU).

The new group - ADF-NALU - has been accused of raping women and recruiting child soldiers. The United Nations says it has links with Somalia's al-Shabaab militants.

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