At least six civilians were killed in a recent attack blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group fighters in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, local sources said Monday.
The militants attacked the village of Kelele at night, leaving 6 dead, administrative official Njiamoja Sabiti stated. The victims were either killed with a machete or shot, he said.
Kelele, around 12 kilometers from the town of Eringeti, is in Ituri province bordering the conflict ridden North Kivu province.
Sabiti said a search for victims and survivors was still under way, and that the death toll could rise.
On Sunday, ADF rebels killed seven people at Kokola, around 45 kilometers north of Beni in a sector of North Kivu where the group is accused of massacring nearly 400 people since November.
The mainly Muslim ADF movement originated in neighboring Uganda, opposed to the rule of President Yoweri Museveni, but in 1995 moved into the DR Congo, which became its base of operations.