About 50 gunmen believed to be fighters of the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), launched a raid over the weekend about 500km (310 miles) north of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN-sponsored Okapi radio is reporting.
About 100 people are believed to have been kidnapped in the attack on Bondo territory, it says.
Those captured are reported to have been made to carry off their loot.
Students, who had travelled from neighbouring villages to sit for their primary leaving national examinations, as well as traders and nurses who were carrying out the vaccination campaign against meningitis were among those who were kidnapped, the radio reports.
The administrator of Bondo said troops were pursing them into Adama forest, believed to be the rebels’ hiding place.
The LRA was formed in northern Uganda nearly three decades ago, but retreated to DR Congo and other countries as it came under military pressure.