At least 21 killed in machete attack in northeast Congo
Reuters

'They killed 14 men and seven women, but this time they spared the young children'

At least 21 people have been killed overnight in the town of Mayangose in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo by machete-wielding assailants, a civil society leader said on Wednesday.

"They surprised the peasants who were sleeping in their houses," Omar Kavota, a spokesman for the Civil Society of North Kivu said by telephone from the nearby hub of Beni.

"They killed 14 men and seven women, but this time they spared the young children."

The UN mission in the country said on its Twitter feed that unidentified attackers had massacred civilians at Mayangose, without giving a death toll.

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