AUGUST 22, 2010: Executions, kidnappings on rise in east DRCongo: report

Executions, kidnappings on rise in east DRCongo: report

SOURCE: Agence France-Presse

KINSHASA — Ugandan rebels operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are responsible for a rising number of summary executions and kidnappings, a civil organisation said Sunday.

Rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) executed around a dozen people between July 11 to 16, the Civil Society of Beni, a collection of non-governmental organisations in the town 280 kilometres (175 miles) from Goma, the principal city in Nord-Kivu province, said in a report sent to AFP.

More than 50 people disappeared in the area the week before the executions, said the report, which also accused Congolese government troops (FARDC) of looting.

Information on the identities of the victims was not given.

More than 80,000 people have been displaced by fighting between FADRC troops and ADF-NALU rebels since June.

A report by Human Rights Watch earlier this month said that another group of Ugandan rebels, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), had kidnapped at least 700 people in DR Congo and the Central African Republic since February last year.

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