Rebel group is believed to have killed around 300 people in DR Congo


At least 17 of the people killed are believed to be children, according to a spokesperson for the government in Congo.

Around 300 people have died on Monday in attacks on villages in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The rebel group M23 is believed to be behind it, says government minister Julien Paluku.

Earlier it was announced that 50 people had died. That number has therefore now been adjusted upwards.

The country’s government has been in conflict with M23 for months.

The latest violence comes just five days after a ceasefire was signed between the rebels and the Congolese army.

At least 17 of the people killed are believed to be children, says Patrick Muyaya, who is a spokesperson for the government.

AFP has spoken to several residents via telephone connections. They say that they have been forced to bury the dead in mass graves.

The government has stated that it is difficult to confirm all information because the areas are still controlled by the rebel group.

M23 is made up of Congolese soldiers who left the army in 2012 and formed the rebel group.

Since the end of March, M23 has attacked civilian and military targets in eastern Congo, as well as fighting the country’s army.

The group has denied being behind the attacks on Monday and calls the allegations “baseless”. However, M23 says eight civilians have been killed by live fire.

The UN peacekeeping mission in Congo has called for an investigation after the government said 50 villages had been massacred by the rebel group.

Representatives from the United States and the European Union say the killings could be potential war crimes. Human Rights Watch calls for UN troops to be deployed to protect the survivors.

/ritzau/AFP


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