At least 64 people have been killed in Democratic Republic of Congo – hacked to death in attacks carried out by suspected rebels.
The machete attacks happened in the town of Beni in North Kivu on Saturday night but local officials believe the mounting death toll could eventually reach 75.
The government has described as a massacre in revenge for military operations in the area.
Three days of national mourning have been declared following Saturday night’s mass killing, the latest in a series of massacres that have left more than 600 people dead in and around the troubled town of Beni since 2014.
DRC troops have reportedly blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group known to operate bases inside neighbouring DRC.
Reagen Kyaviro told Al Jazeera he survived the massacre after the attackers had turned up outside of his house.
‘The guy in front turned his weapon on me,’ he said.
‘When I tried to run away from the house, he hit me on the neck with the side of his gun.
‘He took me by my shirt. I was forced to run. By chance, they did not follow me.’