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Remains of at least 20 DRC people found in former rebel held village

Kinshasa, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo said the remains of at least 20 people had been found in North Kivu during the weekend.

The remains were discovered in an area that was under control of the ADF (Allied Democratic Forces a rebel militia with links to the Islamic State group), and had ben retaken by the Congolese army this year.

Residents of Ndoma and other villages located nearby alerted the authorities that they had found bones and clothes in the field, in an area normally used for planting cocoa.

Muyisa Kambale Sindani, a representative of the nearby village of Kilya, said the remains would be buried with “dignity”.

He said that the bones of at least 20 people were found, but that it would not be possible to extend the search due to the precarious state of security in the region.

Conflict has been simmering in eastern Congo for decades as more than 120 armed groups fight for power, influence and resources and some to protect their communities.

The ADF has been largely active in North Kivu province but has recently extended its operations into neighboring Ituri province and to areas near the regional capital, Goma.

The ADF rebels are accused by the U.N. and rights groups of targeting, maiming, raping and abducting civilians, including children.

“There are innocent people who have been buried here. This is really a mass grave,“ said Cap. Anthony Mwalushayi, spokesperson for the military.

In addition to the bodies of civilians, the army said that clothes and remains of some soldiers were also found in the area .

Residents of the area that helped in the search, demanded justice and more protection from the government.


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