Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) stand near a mobile multiple rocket launcher during an operation in Beni, North Kivu, on January 13, 2018. AFP PHOTO | ALAIN WANDIMOYI
The deaths occurred on Sunday in the Beni region of North Kivu province, where government forces launched a campaign against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia on January 13.
The army's spokesman in the region, Captain Mak Hazukay, told AFP that that the ADF "incursion yesterday at Kokola was repelled. Operations are continuing."
Present in DR Congo since 1995, the ADF was initially created by Muslim radicals to oppose Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's rule.