At least 21 people have been killed in a massacre suspected to have been committed by militants from the Islamist ADF group in conflict – wracked northeast DR Congo , a local official said Saturday .
The ADF fighters first attacked a rival group of Congolese militia members before killing inhabitants in the village of Lisasa , with the “ preliminary death toll ” put at 21 , according to local administrator Donat Kibwana from the Beni territory of North Kivu province .
The toll was confirmed by the head of the Buliki area, where Lisasa is located .
A local NGO called Cepadho said in a statement that of the 21 killed , 15 were women .
All three sources said more people were kidnapped , a health centre was ransacked , homes set on fire and a Catholic church desecrated .
The ADF, which originated in the 1990 s as a Ugandan Muslim rebel group, is one of more than 100 militias that plague the eastern provinces of the vast Democratic Republic of Congo .
The group has killed nearly 600 civilians since the army launched a crackdown on it last November , according to an unofficial count .