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Nearly 1,000 People Killed in Attacks in Congo

Almost 1,000 people were killed last week in attacks by armed militants on villages in northeastern Congo, a U.N. spokesman said today. The spokesman, Hamadoun Toure, said a preliminary investigation by the United Nations indicated that 966 people had died in the province of Ituri, which has been beset by fighting among rival tribes, Ugandan troops and rebels fighting in Congo’s 41/2-year civil war. The attacks took place Thursday in a Roman Catholic parish and 14 surrounding villages. U.N. military observers visited the areas where the killings took place and spoke to witnesses, survivors and local leaders, Toure said. It was not clear who carried out the attacks, but witnesses told U.N. investigators that some of the attackers wore military uniforms while others were dressed in civilian clothes, Toure said. He added that some of those killed were “summarily executed.” Full Story

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