Rwandan Hutu rebels kill 45 in DRC

2012-01-05 21:08

Kinshasa - Rwandan Hutu rebels have killed 45 people and injured 13 others in two attacks this year in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said on Thursday.

The two attacks on the nights of January 1 and 3 in Shabunda in Sud-Kivu province was originally thought to have claimed 26 lives and injured 13, according to the army.

But on Thursday, Sylvain Ekenge, spokesperson for the Amani Leo army operations in Nord- and Sud-Kivu, said: "In all, we have counted 45 deaths - 18 in Luyuyu, 12 in Ngolombe and 15 others in small villages - and 13 wounded.

Dominique Lutula from the Congolese Red Cross said the dead included a pregnant woman whose stomach was cut open and the foetus pulled out.

The rebels are accused of having taken part in the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda, where 800 000 were killed, according to the UN.

They are regularly accused of committing atrocities, including rapes, murders and looting, especially against civilians.

The Rwandan Hutu rebels staged the revenge attacks, apparently angered by the villagers' support for the rival Mai-Mai militia, Ekenge said.

He said a clean-up operation was under way with four Rwandan rebels killed on Thursday morning by Congolese soldiers.

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