DR Congo authorities urged to investigate Beni massacre

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A member of FIB stands guard in the Beni region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where the UN backed the FARDC in an operation (March 2014). Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged by the UN to investigate a massacre that occurred in Beni territory in Northern Kivu.

At least 47 civilians, including two children, were reportedly killed on Saturday by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) members.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The UN Secretary-General described the killing of civilians in Beni as "appalling," in a statement released on Tuesday condemning the attack.

Ban Ki-moon also called for those responsible for the attack to be brought to justice.

It's the most serious violence to affect the area since 2014 said Ravina Shamdasani of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

"We urge the Congolese authorities to promptly investigate a massacre that had occurred in Beni territory in Northern Kivu province on Saturday. At least 47 civilians, including two children, had reportedly been killed by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) members, three had been wounded and 10 houses had been burnt down." 

The rebel group behind the massacre is of Ugandan origin and operates mainly in eastern DRC.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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