1,300 civilians killed in DR Congo in past eight months: UN

GENEVA, June 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) — About 1,300 civilians have been killed in conflicts across DR Congo in the past eight months, the UN said, warning that some incidents may amount to “crimes against humanity”.

“I am appalled by the increase in brutal attacks on innocent civilians by armed groups, and by the reaction of the military and security forces who have also committed grave violations, including killings and sexual violence,” UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.

“The generalised and systematic nature of some of the attacks on civilians in both Ituri and North Kivu may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes,” she said. — NNN-AGENCIES