At least eight civilians shot dead in the crossfire in eastern Beni town after insurgents were engaged by DRC troops.
At least eight civilians have been killed during a firefight between the army and rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Gilbert Kambale, a civil society leader, told AFP news agency on Monday that rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked the town of Beni in North Kivu overnight, with eight civilians, a soldier, and an ADF fighter shot dead.
Mak Hazukay, the DRC army's spokesman, said the civilians were killed in the crossfire between the army
A day after announcing state of emergency, government alleges protests driven by foreign agents from Eritrea and Egypt.
Ethiopia has accused "foreign enemies" of arming, training, and financing groups it blames for a wave of unrest in regions around the capital, Addis Ababa, a day after a six-month state of emergency was imposed.
At a news conference on Monday government spokesman Getachew Reda named Eritrea, which has a long-running border dispute with Ethiopia, and Egypt, which is embroiled in a row with Addis Ababa over sharing Nile water, as sources of backing for "armed gangs".