Congolese forces have killed 26 rebels

Congolese army says Allied Democratic Forces fighters were killed during attack on an army position in Ngite village.

Congolese forces have killed 26 rebels from a group thought to be linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, while repelling an attack in the country’s east Ebola zone.

The exchange in fire took place in a village near the city of Beni, an area where more than a dozen different militia groups and associated armed gangs operate, and the epicentre of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s worst-ever Ebola epidemic.

The army’s spokesman for east Congo, General Leon-Richard Kasonga, said fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a position in Ngite village and that soldiers returned fire and pursued them.