DRC urged to take further military action to end threat of armed groups

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DRC citizen deported from Brazaville wait to be transferred in their place of origin in a transit camp in Maluku, the 23rd of May 2014. UN File Photo/MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to take further military action against armed groups operating in the country.

A statement was issued by the UN Security Council on Wednesday, following the killing of at least 50 civilians in the area of Rwangoma village in North Kivu province.

Members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) of Ugandan origin are reportedly responsible for the massacre.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Members of the UN Security Council expressed "deep concern" over the persistence of violence in North Kivu province, where more than 700 civilians have been killed since October 2014.

They underscored the need for the Government of the DRC to conduct a thorough and prompt investigation into these attacks in order to ensure that those responsible are held to account.

Further military action was needed to end the threat posed by ADF and all other armed groups operating in the region, the Council said.

However, it added, the action would have to be in accordance with international law.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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