According to military and local sources, no fewer than 16 people were killed in an attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) conflict-plagued east believed to be the work of rebels.
The victims of Monday’s attack, including two women had been taken hostage weeks earlier by members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
The ADF, active for 30 years is the deadliest of the armed groups operating in the mineral-rich eastern region.
The hostages were knifed to death along a main highway near Idohu, in the restive Ituri province.
Ituri’s military governor, Johnny Luboya Nkashama, said the military will reinforce their presence in the region.
According to the DRC’s Catholic Church, the ADF has killed approximately 6,000 civilians since 2013, while a US-based monitor, the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), blamed it for more than 1,200 deaths in the Beni area alone since 2017.