KINSHASA, Congo – Officials are blaming Ugandan rebels after 11 people were found tortured and killed in eastern Congo.
Omar Kavota, a leader in the nearby town of Beni, said Tuesday that the bodies showed signs of torture. He said cords had been placed around the victims' necks.
The discovery of the bodies comes a few weeks after 15 people disappeared following attacks on two Congolese villages near the Ugandan border.
Kavota said the killings were likely the work of a pair of Ugandan rebel groups known as ADF-NALU.
Eastern Congo has long been wracked by violence from a myriad of rebel groups, including some that are based in neighboring Rwanda and Uganda.