Axar.az
UP
27 June 2017


Mass graves found in Central Congo

Home page World
12 Punto 14 Punto 16 Punto 18 Punto

The increasingly brutal nature of fighting in central Congo between the army and local militia is on vivid display in the village of Tshienke, where the bodies of rebel fighters last month were dumped into a mass grave following intense clashes.

A visit to this site this month was the first time that journalists including Reuters have been able to see the toll that the Congolese military has exacted on fighters of the Kamuina Nsapu militia, whose insurgency poses the most serious threat to the rule of President Joseph Kabila.

Reuters was unable to determine the exact number of bodies in eight mass graves dug in January and February in Congo's Kasai-Central province. The graves were also confirmed by nine local witnesses.

The United Nations said it suspects that Congolese forces killed 84 militia members close to the town of Tshimbulu between Feb. 9-13.

The government denies its soldiers used disproportionate force and says they have recovered automatic weapons from militia fighters after clashes.

Government spokesman Lambert Mende told Reuters that the bodies in the mass graves were those of Kamuina Nsapu fighters and it was the group who had buried them, not the army.

"I don't see why the soldiers would hide the fact, that after clashing with the terrorists, the terrorists died," he said, adding that the army killed militia fighters in the clashes.

Leaders of Kamuina Nsapu could not be reached for comment.

Date
2017.03.20 / 11:48
Author
Axar.az
Comments
Загрузка...
See also

Russian Central Bank detects isolated cases of hackers

UAE’s fingerprints on assassination plot on Saudi King

Alabama US army base on lockdown after active shooting

Stone: Demonizing Putin unlikely to relieve tensions

Three soldiers killed in PKK attack in Turkey’s Shırnak

Elkhan Polukhov presented his credential to the President

ISIS gives its recruits 'passports to heaven' - Photo

Bashar Asad visits Russia’s Khmeymim airbase - Photo

Ukraine has a huge cyber attack

Ilham Aliyev met the Marshal of the Senate of Poland

Latest
 
Xocalı soyqırımı — 1992-ci il Bağla
Bize yazin Bağla
ArxivBağla