Up to 80 people killed by suspected Ugandan rebels in Congo: group

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KINSHASA (Reuters) – Between 50 and 80 people have been killed in

attacks by suspected Ugandan ADF-NALU rebels near the eastern

Congolese town of Beni, the local civil society coalition said on


In a statement, Civil Society of North Kivu, the province where Beni

is situated, said the killings occurred on Thursday evening around 10

km (6 miles) east of Beni airport, where U.N. peacekeepers are based.

The U.N. mission, known as MONUSCO, was not available for comment.

Government and civil society groups have blamed a string of recent

attacks in eastern Congo on ADF, a secretive organization formed in

the 1990s to fight the Ugandan government, but some analysts have

questioned this assessment.

North Kivu Governor Julien Paluku told Reuters nine bodies had arrived

at the morgue in the nearby town of Oicha but said the toll could

rise. Paluku also blamed the Ugandan rebels.

"They were savagely killed by the ADF…It was far from the main road.

About 12 kilometers from Mavivi, I believe, in the bush," he said.

In Beni, U.N. peacekeeping mission spokesman Major Raphael Shonza said

MONUSCO could not confirm details of the attacks would send troops on

Saturday to the site of the violence.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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