Agence France-PresseMay 16, 2013 09:17
Violent clashes between rebels and government troops in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have left at least 21 people dead, a military official said Thursday.
At least 17 militia fighters and four soldiers were killed in the fighting which broke out on Wednesday in the town of Beni, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) north of Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province, Colonel Richard Bisamaza said.
Six members of the Mai Mai militia were captured, Bisamaza said.
A separate source told AFP that the toll was 28 dead, including four soldiers.