Islamic State on Tuesday via an affiliated Telegram channel said it was responsible for killing at least 15 civilians in an attack on a village in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.
The militant group claimed its members killed nearly 20 Christians and set fire to six trucks in the attack using machine guns and returned back to their bases unhurt.
Fighters believed to be members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were blamed for the attack in the village of Bulongo in North Kivu province after dark on Sunday.
The ADF started as an uprising in Uganda but has been based in Congo since the late 1990s. In 2019, it pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
The Ugandan militia has killed thousands of civilians in eastern Congo since 2013.