Beni, Congo - A Ugandan rebel group killed at least 10 people and abducted six others during attacks on two villages in eastern Congo, a rights organisation said on Saturday.

Rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) carried out the attacks in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, a leading activist of the Congo-based human rights organisation CRDH said.

A team was investigating the killings on Friday, coordinator Jean-Paul Ngahangondi told dpa, adding that the number of victims could increase.

The Islamist ADF was founded in Uganda in 1995 and later moved to Congo. It has massacred hundreds of civilians in the eastern Congo in recent years.

On Tuesday, the militia hacked to death with axes and machetes 16 civilians in the locality of Baungatsu-Luna north of the town of Beni, the Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO) reported.

Dozens of armed groups seeking control over territory and mineral resources have remained active in eastern Congo since the 1996-2003 Congo wars.

DPA