Suspected Ugandan rebels kill at least 22 in eastern Congo

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KINSHASA  – Suspected Ugandan killed at least 22 in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, local officials said, third deadly on civilians in region in last week.

took place near town of Beni, an area in Kivu province where more than 300 civilians have been killed in overnight raids since October.

attacks, often carried out with machetes and hatchets, have mostly been blamed on Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Islamist rebel group that operates on Congolese side of the border.

Kivu governor Julien Paluku said on that ADF fighters had attacked a location outside Beni, a regional hub, on Wednesday afternoon, at least 22.

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He said the massacre followed clashes between the Congolese army and ADF fighters, but that he did not yet know the name of the village where had taken place.

Teddy Kataliko, a local civil society leader, said the had taken place in Mbutaba, 23 km of Beni, and that his organisation had documented 28 deaths so far, although the was likely to rise.

The Nations has said the ADF killed at least 237 civilians last year in what could amount to crimes against humanity.