Gunmen from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia killed up to 21 civilians in eastern DR Congo, in two separate attacks, United Nations radio Okapi cited sources as saying on Wednesday November 20th, according to AFP.
Seven of the victims were killed in the city of Beni, while in Oicha, between three and 14 others were killed. The ADF, a militia of Ugandan origin, was blamed for the two attacks.
This incident comes only a few days after 14 civilians were killed in the Beni region and North Kivu province, after the Congolese army, late in October, announced an offensive to eliminate the ADF. The attack allegedly came in retaliation for the hostilities.
Since the offensive was launched, the ADF has killed at least 60 people, according to an AFP toll.
In November, eight people were killed, and 18 others were injured in an attack in northern Rwanda by unknown assailants, police reported on October 5th.
The incident took place in Musanze district, around a tourist hub known for the existence of an endangered species of mountain gorillas, near the border with DR Congo, according to Reuters.