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Eight civilians killed in incursion in east DR Congo

AFP  |  Beni 

At least eight civilians including relatives of soldiers were killed in an overnight incursion by armed men in the volatile eastern DR Congo, the said Tuesday.

"Eight people (were) killed including four family members of soldiers" in the commune of Mavivi in the north of the Beni region, regional spokesman told AFP. Police put the death toll at 10, after initially reporting eight.

The Beni region has been the target of attacks since October 2014 by the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a shadowy Islamist-rooted group that arose in western in 1995 under the leadership of Jamil Mukulu, a Christian turned Muslim.

Forced out of Uganda, it operates in the border area in the DRC's province, an area where other armed groups are also active.

It has been blamed for recruiting and using child soldiers, killing hundreds of civilians since 2014, as well as 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers who died in an attack in December 2017.

Elections in the Democratic Republic of on December 30 were cancelled in Beni, officially because of insecurity and the ongoing Ebola epidemic in the region.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 15:45 IST