At least 10 people were killed Sunday night after a fierce clash between the DR Congo army and Suspected ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) rebels.
According to a local civil society chief, Gilbert Kambale, the clash happened Beni in east DR Congo, an area that has suffered a string of massacres since 2014. Eight civilians were shot dead, a soldier and a suspected ADF militant.
ADF is a partly an Islamist armed rebel group of Ugandan origin. The rebel group is blamed for series of gruesome human right abuses among other crimes including kidnappings and smuggling.
Various rebel groups operate in the region around the town of Beni, an area characterized by violence mostly fuelled by ethnic rivalry and disputes over the right to exploit local mining and forest resources.
Beni area has witnessed a series of mass killings that have claimed more than 700 lives since 2014.
The clash comes barely a week after DRC military court sentenced 10 Ugandan ADF militiamen to death for crimes against humanity.