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.┬áMak Hazukay, the DRC army’s spokesman, said the civilians were killed in the crossfire between the army and the rebels.

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