A wave of attacks on villages in eastern DR Congo that killed at least15 people was attributed to Islamic State-affiliated ADF rebels.
These latest killings come a week after a similar attack left more than 20 dead.
“There were simultaneous attacks this Sunday between 4:00 and 5:00 am on three villages…,” local official Dieudonne Malangai said.
“In Manyala village we found seven bodies… at Ofay, there were eight dead, including seven women,” Malangai stated and indicated that the final toll might be higher.
“These ADF rebels also attacked Bandibese village but ran into resistance from soldiers who intervened and so there were no civilian deaths,” Malangai said after the raids on three villages in Ituri province bordering Rwanda.
“We are tired of giving the death toll day after day,” he added.
Meanwhile, ADF fighters were also blamed for last week’s raids in the neighbouring province of North Kivu cost at least 23 lives while in the same province at least 14 people were killed in a bomb blast at a pentecostal church.