Peacekeeping mission in country says reports suggest armed groups committed summary executions 'to spread terror'
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More than 70 men and women have been hacked to death in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations mission in the country has said.
The UN said it had received reports that the summary executions were committed mainly by armed groups "to spread terror among the population". The majority of the victims were killed with machetes, it added.
The killings happened in late January and early February, a spokesman for the mission, MONUSCO, told AFP. They took place in the Nyamaboko villages I and II in the resource-rich northeastern North Kivu province where armed groups regularly attack civilians over ethnic or commercial disputes.
In December, MONUSCO's intervention force, whose mission is to neutralise all the armed groups active in the troubled country, boosted its presence in the area.
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Since then, MONUSCO has been focusing on going after other armed militias operating in the same region.
MONUSCO said it was in the process of verifying the information about the mass executions on the ground.
"MONUSCO shall spare no efforts to neutralise all the armed groups responsible for such acts," it said in the statement.
Mission chief Martin Kobler meanwhile expressed "serious concern over the allegations of the gross human rights violations deemed unacceptable."
He said any person involved in such acts should face justice.
Millions of people have died from violence, disease and hunger in eastern Congo since 1996 in conflict fuelled by foreign powers and a struggle for the region's deposits of gold, diamonds, copper, cobalt and uranium.
Edited by Hannah Strange