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UN mission discovers three mass graves in eastern DR Congo

Posted by African Press International on September 21, 2007

Kinshasa (DR Congo) Three mass graves were discovered in Rubare, 65 km from Goma (North-Kivu province) in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), APA learnt Thursday in Kinshasa from a source close to the United Nations Mission in DRC (MONUC).

A mixed team comprising the MONUC human rights division and the military prosecutors office made the gruesome discovery on Monday, the acting UN mission spokesman Michel Bonnardeaux said during a press conference Wednesday in Kinshasa.

According to Bonnardeaux, the mass graves were discovered in the camp of the former Bravo brigades 2 nd battalion, which is close to the deposed General Laurent Nkunda in Rubare (Rutsuru administrative territory).

The mixed investigation team also found at least nine corpses in decay in that camp.

According to conclusions of this joint mission whose purpose is to get to the bottom of the 9 and 10 March massacres in Buramba, troops of the Bravo brigades 2 nd battalion killed at least 15 civilians.

Several times, the men of the Bravo division carried out arbitrary executions of prisoners before withdrawing to their military positions, revealed information to the MONUC human rights division.

This information is however being investigated, Bonnardeaux said

Published by Korir, API*APN africanpress@chcello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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