In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, gunmen attacked the outskirts of Beni on Wednesday night.
An eyewitness told RFI on Thursday that he had seen the bodies of 26 men and women killed in the attack, between the town centre and the airport.
Violence between competing militias and security forces has increased in the region in recent weeks, but this is the first large-scale attack on a major town for a long time.
Government spokesman Lambert Mende told RFI's Thomas Hubert that the authorities blamed Ugandan rebels battling the army in the hills of Congo's North Kivu province for the raid.

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