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Dozens of villagers were killed in an overnight raid in Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The militants were armed with knives and machetes and Reuters news agency quotes a local official putting the death toll at 22.

Several other people are reported to have been kidnapped during the raid.

Kisima chief is reported to have been a victim in the attack, according to a local official cited by Anadolu news agency.

Residents are blaming the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militia active in eastern DR Congo since the 1990s.

More than 1,200 people have been killed in Beni since November 2019, according to the Kivu Security Tracker.

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