Armed groups have killed seven civilians and three members of the security forces in eastern DR Congo, local sources said on Thursday.
Two soldiers at Butembo, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Beni in North Kivu province, were killed by “Mai-Mai militiamen,” said Colonel Donat Mandonga, the chief administrative official in neighboring Lubero district.
A policeman and four militiamen were also killed in the fighting, said Captain Anthony Mualushayi, the army’s spokesman in the Beni region.
The term “Mai-Mai’ is widely used to describe armed groups claiming to represent communities in the region’s many ethnic feuds.
Separately, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Wednesday killed four women and three men as they worked in fields near the Ugandan border, Ricardo Rupande, a community organizer in Rwenzori, told AFP.
The ADF is a group that the self-described Islamic State group says is an affiliate.