Two attacks in the strife-torn east of the Democratic Republic of Congo left 14 people dead including a government official and his family who were hacked to death, local sources said On Wednesday.
Assailants thought to belong to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) killed the official, his wife and five children in the town of Bukoma in North Kivu province on Tuesday, resident Eugene Rwanze told AFP.
They went on to kill a neighbour, Rwanze added.
Local official Modeste Kabori confirmed the attack, saying FDLR militants were “sowing terror” in the area.
The rebel group operates freely in the North Kivu and South Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo – where other militias and rebel groups also abound.
Further north, five police officers and a civilian were killed in an attack on a police station in northeastern Ituri province.
“Armed men attacked the Irumu police station firing rounds in all directions,” local civil society head Guly Gotabo told AFP.
An administrative official, Josue Kandole, said the assailants raided the police station and seized two weapons, killing five police officers and a civilian.
The regional army spokesman confirmed the attack.
The Congolese army announced the killing of FDLR chief Sylvestre Mudacumura in September.