Rebels in eastern Congo kill 6, kidnap 14 in village attack

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A local activist group says rebels in northeastern Congo have killed six civilians and kidnapped 14 others, the latest attack in a region facing deteriorating security.

The Center of Study for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, based in the eastern city of Goma, said Saturday that the attack occurred Friday evening in a village 7 kilometers (4 miles) east of the town of Eringeti. A statement from the group blamed the Allied Democratic Forces, a rebel group with origins in neighboring Uganda.

The statement said kidnapped civilians were forced to carry looted goods in the direction of Virunga National Park.

The United Nations says the Allied Democratic Forces have killed at least 500 people in the region since October 2014.