Skip to comments.Massacres continue in the Congo
Posted on 10/10/2003 1:45:04 PM PDT by yonif
UN military observers have discovered 16 bodies, mainly women and children, in a village in eastern Congo, victims of what appears to be the latest in a series of massacres.
A statement from the UN mission in Congo said the victims had been hacked to death with axes, machetes, clubs and knives.
Two survivors of the attack, which took place in the village of Ndunda, have been hospitalised and four more people are missing, the statement said.
Ndunda lies 20 miles north of Uvira, the main town in Congo's troubled South Kivu province, on the border with Burundi.
The United Nations quoted witnesses as saying the attackers belonged to Burundi's biggest rebel group fighting in Congo, the Hutu Forces for the Defence of Democracy, or FDD.
The witnesses say the attackers, who numbered around 20, spoke Kirundi - Burundi's language - and some of them were dressed in Burundian uniforms.
Earlier this week, UN troops in the Ituri province found the bodies of 40 children and 25 adults killed in a separate attack blamed on Congolese tribal militiamen.
Massacres of civilians and fighting between an array of armed groups and tribal militias has continued in eastern Congo despite an April peace accord between the Kinshasa government and foreign-backed rebel factions meant to end nearly five years of a war which has left three million people dead.
Neighbouring Burundi, itself embroiled in a civil war that has killed 300,000 people, has long complained that Burundian rebels have bases inside Congo, which they say are used to mount cross-border attacks.
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