The militia are thought to be men loyal to an Army deserter.
Two militia groups attacked the positions of the 102nd regiment of the DR Congo Armed Forces (FARDC) in Chishadu, South-Kivu Province, said civil society groups.
A source said that the attack left at least 20 people dead which included both civilians and the militia.
The civil society sources said that the militia groups attacking the army positions are suspected to be the men of army deserter, Colonel Albert Kahasha, alias Foka Mike.
Others are those allied to Maheshe who is known for leading one of the most dangerous militia in that locality.
The sources added that the residents of Chishadu and those from neighbouring villages were forced to stay in their homes for the whole day.
A military source in Kinshasa confirmed the attack, but sometime late in the night, the source indicated that fighting was still going on and “feared that the death toll could be higher’’.
Witnesses said that the assailants started by burning down the FARDC tents in Chishadu.
“The FARDC soldiers retaliated by trying to push back the militia. Finally, the FARDC were forced to leave their position,’’ the witnesses added.
Foka Mike’s militia has always collaborated with other militia groups to attack South-Kivu villages.
Mr. Kahasha, who is the militia leader, deserted the Democratic Republic of Congo army and had announced several times his intention to rejoin the army, but has refused to do so.
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