Gunmen kill eight in east Congo town, rebels suspected

“Attackers with automatic weapons killed at least eight people in a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, the army said, as a wave of violence in the area entered its third year. Seven of the dead in Beni were civilians and the other a soldier, army spokesman Mak Hazukay told Reuters. ‘It’s too early to give a definitive death toll,’ he said. The United Nations says more than 700 civilians have been killed near Beni since October 2014, most in overnight raids by rebels carried out with machetes and hatchets. The government has blamed nearly all the violence there on the Allied Democratic Forces, a secretive Ugandan Islamist group based in eastern Congo since the 1990s.”

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