Some civilians have been killed by a notorious militia in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The security officials believe that armed group named Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo (APCLS) are behind the attack.
Army spokesman Mark Hazukay Mongba says the Allied Democratic Forces rebels staged the assault overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. He says the army fought back and pushed out the rebels.
Mongba says the rebels are trying to kidnap residents to dissuade them from cooperating with the army and sharing intelligence that has helped a new military offensive.
Protesters in DR Congo’s Beni also accuse UN peacekeepers of failing to stop North Kivu attack Aljazeera noted.
Last month, Army chiefs of DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania met in Goma to discuss potential joint military operations against armed groups in East.