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According to local authorities, at least 24 people were killed in three separate attacks that took place overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, both in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
According to local authorities in Beni, on Tuesday evening, rebels assaulted the village of Kisima for the first time, killing eleven civilians and then torching a few buildings.

The same attackers later launched an assault near downtown Oicha,
shooting two other civilians to death before fleeing into the nearby forest. According to civil society in Beni territory, the results of these two attacks are still provisional as some civilians have not been found since the attack on Tuesday.
According to the military authorities, eleven people were killed in the neighboring province of Ituri, situated on the border with the city of Beni, and a dozen houses were burned down the same Tuesday night during an incursion by another local militia
called the Congo Patriotic and Integrationist Movement into the village of Mugangu. Security reports also say that the militiamen opened fire on the local population and set fire to 19 homes. Following the withdrawal of the militiamen on Wednesday morning,
the bodies of the population with heads off were found Military officials in the region say the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the local militia in Ituri have deployed and launched a pursuit against these rebels.
In this part of the country, the ADF-Ugandan rebels operating in the two provinces of Ituri and North Kivu have been involved for decades, and since last year they have escalated attacks against the civilian population.

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