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MISNA - July 23, 2005 10:26 AM

At least 13 civilians were killed during the night between Thursday and Friday in the South Kivu province, in east Democratic Republic of Congo. The news was referred to the international press Didace Kaningini, interim governor of South Kivu, explaining that the civilians were assassinated in a group of villages in the Mwenga territory. According to the local politician, the attack was carried out by the FDLR (Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda), former Rwandan Hutu rebels, while attempting to escape the peacekeepers of the MONUC (United Nations Mission in DR-Congo) that for days have been conducting an operation against the rebels. Based on testimonies gathered by Kaningini among the survivors, the rebels attacked the villages and opened fire against the residents. The former rebels of the FDLR, that took refuge in the east Congolese forest after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, on March 31 signed the Rome accords that foresee their disarmament and return to Rwanda, but they are still present in South Kivu and, even recently, were accused of violence against Congolese civilians in Walungu.


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