Militia storm schools, rape students on eve of exams in DR Congo

Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) prepare to escort health workers attached to ebola response programs on May 18, 2019 in Butembo, north of Kivu. - The town of Butembo is at the heart of the Ebola crisis in the North-Kivu province. Ebola treatment centres (ETC's) have come under attack frequently by alleged Mai-Mai rebel groups hampering the response. (Photo by JOHN WESSELS / AFP)

Armed militia attacked a school and raped female students on the eve of their examinations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The men attacked an examination centre housing 35 final year students in Isiro town, the capital of Haut-Uélé province.

Local authorities said some female students were raped during the attack.

The students went on sit for the examinations on Monday, according to a priest in the area.

Hundreds of students fled after another attack near another examination centre, according to AFP news agency.

Some 700 students and teachers fled after the attack near the border with South Sudan.

The militia wanted to sabotage exams, the agency quotes a local army spokesperson Dieudonne Kasereka as saying.