Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have said that soldiers on Thursday killed 26 rebels linked to the Islamic State.
The rebels were killed in a shootout during an attack in Congo’s Ebola zone in a village near the city of Beni.
Beni is one of the epicenters for the Ebola outbreak which has claimed hundreds of lives.
Attacks from rebels and other militant groups have thwarted efforts to control the spread of the deadly virus.
The army’s spokesman for east Congo, General Leon-Richard Kasonga, told journalists in Goma that “Twenty six rebels were neutralised by the army, and their bodies recovered”.
He said the insurgents were from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and were attacking a position in Ngite village.
Kasonga said soldiers returned fire and pursued the rebels leading the deaths recorded.
DR Congo continues to witness violent incidents in parts of the country as rebels attempt to take control of some areas.