Ugandan rebels ‘kill’ at least 12 in east DRC

Ugandan rebels ‘kill’ at least 12 in east DRC

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At least 12 people have been killed in an overnight attack blamed on Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a witness and local NGO said on Monday.

“I saw four civilians killed by bullets … and seven patients and a nurse cut up by machete at the hospital,” a regional official told AFP at Eringeti in the north of the troubled North Kivu province.

A local non-governmental organisation however put the toll much higher, at 30 dead: 14 rebels, seven civilians, eight Congolese soldiers and one soldier with the large UN mission in the DRC, Monusco.

The Study Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO) blamed the attack on Ugandan rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), who have moved beyond bases in the Ruwenzori mountains by the Ugandan border.

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