42 civil­ians killed in east DR Congo

The Myanmar Times - - World -

At least 42 civil­ians have been killed in the eastern Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, in what the gov­ern­ment de­scribed as a mas­sacre in re­venge for mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in the area. Three days of na­tional mourn­ing have been de­clared fol­low­ing the mass killing, the lat­est in a se­ries of mas­sacres which have left more than 600 peo­ple dead in and around the trou­bled town of Beni since 2014. Beni Mayor Ed­mond Ma­sum­buko said 42 peo­ple had been killed. The gov­ern­ment had ear­lier put the death toll at 36. Army spokesper­son Mak Hazukay said the at­tack was car­ried out by the Al­lied Demo­cratic Forces, a partly Is­lamist armed group of Ugan­dan ori­gin.

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