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49 our bodies present in mass graves after militia assaults in jap DRC – UN

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Mass graves containing the our bodies of 49 civilians have been found in northeastern Congo after a sequence of weekend assaults blamed on an area militia, the United Nations stated Wednesday.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq instructed reporters in New York that the graves had been uncovered in two villages in Ituri province, about (19 miles) 30 kilometers east of the city of Bunia.

A complete of 42 victims, together with six kids, had been found in a mass grave within the village of Nyamamba, whereas the our bodies of seven different males had been present in one other village, Mbogi, Haq added.

“Peacekeepers launched a patrol to the realm instantly after receiving stories of assaults on civilians by the CODECO militias over the weekend. That is once they made the grotesque discoveries,” Haq stated in New York.

Native authorities have stated that CODECO — Cooperative for the Growth of Congo — militants additionally kidnapped numerous ladies in the course of the assaults on the villages.

Final June, seven CODECO factions introduced an finish to violence towards civilians in Ituri, primarily within the Djugu territory the place they had been very lively. But they’ve regularly resumed assaults within the space.

No less than 195 individuals have been killed since December in a sequence of assaults blamed on the CODECO militia and different armed teams, the U.N. stated. Greater than 1.5 million individuals in Ituri province have been displaced by preventing.