The DRC army blamed the ADF for the attack, but other sources say the attacks could have ethnic origins.
At least 50 people have been killed in two overnight attacks in the far east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a military official and monitors said.
A local official blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which have been linked to the ISIL group (ISIS). Military spokesman Jules Ngongo told the dpa news agency that ADF fighters attacked the villages of Boga and Tchabi in the eastern region of Ituri.
The two villages are located on the border between North Kivu and Ituri provinces, in an area where the ADF is believed to operate.
Other sources said the attacks could have ethnic origins.
A community leader said the victims were children and the elderly.
The DRC army gave a slightly higher provisional toll of 53 after a meeting of security forces in Bunia, the capital of Ituri province.
Local MP Gracien Iracan said at least 60 people had died.
“Seven trucks arrived to pick up the victims, it’s a dramatic situation,” Iracan told AFP news agency. “They are still finding bodies, so the toll is likely to rise. Many injured people are still hiding in the bushes.”
Deputy Iracan said: “A very large number of attackers showed up, the assault was well directed, two local leaders were killed … we cannot rule out that they were resolving results.”
Two local Boga officials told AFP that the assailants had attacked a camp for displaced people. They said that so far 36 bodies had been found in Boga, a figure that has not yet been independently confirmed.
These same officials also warned not to immediately blame the ADF, given the region’s ethnic conflicts.
Suspicions that the violence was motivated by ethnic motives stem from the fact that the IDP camp in Boga housed mostly IDPs from the Nyali group, but a nearby place where there were Banyabwisha people was spared.
“We believe it was the same group” behind the attacks on both villages, Tchabi’s community leader Nyali told AFP by telephone.