Over 200 people arrested for recent attacks in eastern DR Congo

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Stephane Dujarric. UN PHOTO

More than 200 people have been arrested after being linked to the recent attacks against civilians near Beni town, in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN has confirmed.

Last month, dozens of people were killed in attacks suspected to have been carried out by the Uganda-based rebels known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

The UN Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) has reinforced its troops and police in Beni to protect civilians.

Stephane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson in New York.

"From the DRC, the UN mission there announced today that more than 200 people were arrested in relation to recent attacks against civilians around Beni in North Kivu. Among them were members of the Allied Democratic Forces– the rebel ADF – who are believed to be responsible for these attacks. Weapons, ammunitions and other military equipment were seized. The operations were carried out by the National Police with the UN mission police, while MONUSCO military forces are also intensifying their patrols in the region." (29")

The head of MONUSCO has recently underlined the need for what he called a "proactive, not reactive" response in countering rebel groups and protecting civilians in eastern DR Congo.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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