51 killed in DR Congo machete attack: NGOs

Despite efforts by the international community and the Congolese authorities, the restive east has remained mired in violence since the end of the second Congolese war (1998-2003)Civil society groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday said the number of people hacked to death in the restive east this weekend has risen to 51. “Our team on the ground has counted 51 bodies slain with machetes,” said Teddy Kataliko, a member of a local alliance of NGOs and unions working in the troubled town of Beni. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said the civil society groups’ toll was “impossible to objectively verify”.

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