The Congolese army has killed 15 people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in clashes between its forces and rebels loyal to a former military commander, reports AFP.
The army said the clashes intensified in Fizi, in the mineral-rich southern state of Kivu, which is currently witnessing ethnic tensions.
The violence is part of the rebels' bid to oust President Joseph Kabila as the Dec, 23 presidential election is postponed.
"The rebels have lost 12 fighters, including their commander," deputy commander of the rebels, military spokesman Captain Diodony Kasarik told AFP.
The Congolese army is facing rebels loyal to former military commander William Amaury Yacotumba, who opposes Kabila.