Eight civilians were killed in the night from Sunday to Monday in Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo during a new massacre attributed to the armed group of ADF, said a spokesman for the army.
In protest, angry residents have partially set fire to the town hall of this large metropolitan area of North Kivu near Uganda, said an AFP correspondent.
They denounce for several days the inaction of the Congolese army and United Nations peacekeepers, present in the region, facing the killings of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
The police who fired live bullets managed to disperse the protesters around the building of the town hall.
A protester was killed Saturday by the police. Two policemen were also killed on Saturday by angry protesters, Okapi radio reported on Sunday.
The residents will be heading Monday to a camp of the United Nations Mission in Congo (Monusco) at the exit of the city, in the district targeted by the repeated massacres of the ADF.
Nearly 70 civilians killed
« The enemy made an incursion into the Boikene district and killed eight civilians, » army spokesman Major Mak Hazukai told AFP about the latest killings.
Nearly 70 civilians were massacred in Beni and its environs by the ADF, in retaliation for a Congolese army offensive against their bases announced on 30 October.
Originally, the ADF are Ugandan Muslim rebels hostile to President Yoweri Museveni, who retreated to the east of the current DRC in 1995.
The Congolese army launched its military operations against the group unilaterally, without asking the reinforcement of the blue helmets of Monusco.
« We can not participate in the FARDC operations (note: the Congolese army) if the FARDC do not invite us to participate, » said Sunday the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, François Grignon.
« The operations that were launched on October 30 are operations that the FARDC (Congolese army) wanted as national, without support, without planning, without joint execution with Monusco, » he added to Okapi radio.
For their part, the health authorities are worried about the consequences of insecurity and tension in Beni in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the region.