UN mission team finds evidence of killings in eastern DR of Congo

29 December 2004

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has found evidence that former Mayi-Mayi militiamen have killed seven civilians, a soldier and perhaps another six former officers from a rival militia, the UN spokesman said today.

The killings took place "during and after the retreat from the area of members of a faction of the former Congolese National Army, known as RCD-Goma military wing and often referred to by its French acronym ANC," Fred Eckhard said in a statement issued to journalists.

After a 21 and 22 December visit to Walikali, North Kivu, an investigative team from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) confirmed that ex-Mayi-Mayi militiamen turned regular members of the DRC's national army carried out extra-judicial killings of "a Rwandan, a Kinyarwanda-speaking Congolese and a Congolese from the BaShi community," he said.

In addition, the team obtained information corroborating reports of the murders of four civilians and a soldier, he said.

"The team also told of reports that six ex-ANC officers were taken prisoners and subsequently executed by the ex-Mayi Mayi forces. An in-depth investigation of these cases is underway," he said.

Mayi-Mayi tribal militias were allied with the former DRC Government in the five-year civil war that ended in June 2003 with the formation of a multi-factional Transitional Government.


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