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Rebels kill at least seven civilians in eastern DRCongo: Army

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Rebels killed at least seven civilians and abducted 15 others, including children, in fresh overnight raids in the far eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, civilian and military sources said Sunday.

Fighters of the (ADF) staged two raids Saturday night in the region bordering Uganda, Teddy Kataliko, in district, told AFP.

According to his account, rebels at Mangboko burnt a in his vehicle and killed six other civilians, while in Oicha, they killed one person and abducted 15 others -- for a total death toll of eight.

district said seven people were killed and 15 people were abducted, including 10 children.

also put the death toll at seven.

Kataliko denounced the as ineffective, saying: "It is not normal that the cannot manage to keep the population safe," but Hazukay insisted that soldiers had reacted quickly to stop the rebel incursions.

The ADF, which US authorities designated a terror group in 2001, is a militia created by Muslim rebels to oppose Ugandan but which also operates in the DRC.

It is blamed for a string of attacks in the region since 2014 that have killed at least 700 civilians, and 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers in a December assault last year.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 20:35 IST