Killer DRC troops want land from locals

By Kevin Bloom 13 November 2009

Soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have killed civilians in the east of the country in a campaign to drive them off their land, a UN report says. The troops are commanded by former rebel ethnic Tutsis who joined the army. Recently, the UN, which has the world’s largest peacekeeping force in the DRC, suspended cooperation with army units involved in the attacks. The UN has backed the army in fighting rebels in the lawless east of the country, where ongoing violence stems from the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The DRC army denies the reports, derived from local residents who say the killings are forcing them to flee. Read more: Bloomberg

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