By Spy Uganda Correspondent
At least 13 people, including infants, have died after rebels attacked one of the major hospital in Congo, hospital and military officials said today.
Some hospital staff remained missing at the time of writing, and several houses were burned in the attack on the medical centre in Lune, North Kivu province.
The hospital is the largest health facility in the region.
Among those killed were three young children and four patients, according to hospital chief Kile Bwenge.
He said: “Four blocks of the medical centre were set on fire. Several sick guards, as well as a nurse, are missing.”
Four other people were killed with machetes and shot in the nearby village of Kidolo, apparently as part of the same attack.
The Congolese army said that three attackers were killed and one was captured when the military intervened.
North Kivu military spokesman Anthony Mualushayi said the attackers were Mai-Mai militia members from the Dido group.
But local civic groups accused rebels of the Uganda-based Allied Democratic Forces of carrying out the attack.
The rebels have been active in eastern Congo for decades and have killed thousands in the region since they resurfaced in 2013.