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Civilians reportedly killed by DR Congo rebels

 Civilians reportedly killed by DR Congo rebels
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The United Nations is to investigate claims that rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have slaughtered civilians in the eastern town of Kiwanja.

At least 12 bodies have been found in the town seized earlier this week by troops loyal to General Laurent Nkunda.

Rebel commanders say they targeted only pro-government militia fighters.

But one man, whose wife and child were killed, said Nkunda’s forces went from door to door shooting anyone they came across.

“We thought they came here to protect us,” he added.

Some Human rights groups have accused the United Nations peacekeepers of failing to do enough to prevent the killings.

In the latest clashes, the General forces have taken control of Nyanzale, a large town not far from Goma, sparking fears the rebels may carry out their threat to attack the city.

The fighting has prompted some aid agencies to suspend their operations.

Just one topic likely to be discussed today at the UN summit in Kenya which is being attended by the Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Congolese counterpart Joseph Kabila.

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