More than 20 killed in militant attack on eastern DRC village

In an area that usually sees Islamist rebel attacks, at least 21 people were killed in a village in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local authorities said on Tuesday.

The militants launched an attack late on Monday and killed residents with machetes and guns in the village of Mwenda.

According to Africanews, the enemy would have come towards the Kabembeu river, as the provisional toll shows 21 civilians (were) killed in a savage way in Mwenda.

The attack was blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Islamist rebel group, by an administrator for the region of Beni.

Since 1995, the ADF has been based in the Eastern DRC. They have not attacked neighboring Uganda for years, but have regularly carried out massacres in the Beni region since October 2014, killing more than 1,000 people.

Among dozens still active in the Kivu region and southern Ituri, the armed group is the deadliest.

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