At least 38 people have died in a town in the east of the Democratic Republic Congo after a rebel attack,
a local civil society group says.
Fifteen civilians were killed during the attack.
One UN peacekeeper was also killed.
UN General Jean Baillaud said it had suspicions that the attack was carried out by a Ugandan Islamist
group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
The ADF has been based in north-east DR Congo after being pushed out of Uganda in 2004.
Several witnesses said that around 40 attackers entered the town of Eringeti on Sunday and began killing indiscriminately, including inside the clinic.
They also blocked the town’s military base and a position of the UN peacekeeping mission, while
others looted shops.
They then left in the middle of the night, having raided and burned down a large number of houses.
Most of the town’s population of about 20,000 have fled for their lives.
Gen Baillaud says this was the most serious attack in the area in months, but there has been a spate of raids recently as rebels have been stocking up on vital goods.
The ADF was formed in 1996 by a puritanical Muslim sect in the Ruwenzori mountains of western
In 1998 it increased its activities and a number of bomb blasts in markets and restaurants in Kampala were blamed on the group.
After years of sporadic raids, the Ugandan army almost destroyed the ADF’s capacity in 2004 and it
moved into DR Congo, where it has formed alliances with some Congolese armed groups.