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14 civilians die in DR Congo machete attack: Official

AFP  |  Goma 

Machete-wielding attackers killed at least 14 civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive province, a said Sunday, in a wave of violence plaguing the mineral-rich region.

A further nine people were injured in the assault near the village of some 60 kilometres (35 miles) north of the province's capital Goma, told AFP.

He said a battalion of the and police officers had been dispatched to

"The attackers arrived in my neighbourhood. I hid but two neighbours were killed by machetes," local resident Pascal said.

An armed known as the Mai-Mai Nyatura has been operating in the Masisi territory, where is located. The region is a hub for coltan, a key component in and other

For more than 20 years, North and provinces have been in the grip of inter-ethnic bloodshed between militia groups, which often extort money from civilians or fight each other for control of mineral resources.

The violence in the border region sees near-daily killings, rape, mutilations and other atrocities.

The latest attack came after Congolese doctor was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his dedication in helping women overcome the and trauma of sexual abuse and rape in province.

He was also part of an international campaign calling on multinational companies to control their supply chain to ensure they are not buying so-called "blood minerals", which fuel the violence in eastern DRC.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 20:00 IST