Congolese Army Accused of Attacking Civilians

Members of the Democratic Republic of Congo's army are responsible for attacks on civilians on the country's northeast Members of the Democratic Republic of Congo's army are responsible for attacks on civilians on the country's northeast MONUSCO/Abel Kavanagh

15 May 2016
Members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s army are responsible for attacks on civilians in the country’s northeast. 

 

 

More than 500 people have died since 2014 as a result of attacks on civilians, which were previously blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an insurgent group that has been working along the border since the 1990’s. The findings of a report by the Congo Research Group indicate that it was both commanders and members of the national army that were actually responsible for the attacks on civilians.

For a couple years, the Congolese government blamed the deaths on the Allied Democratic Forces. In reality, Congolese army officers were involved in recruiting and supplying armed groups involved in the killings of civilians. An army general, General Mundos, recruited, financed, and armed elements of a Ugandan Islamist group to kill civilians while he was in charge of a military operation targeting rebels. Mundos has denied the accusations and said the killings continued after he left the operation.

According to U.N. experts, the killings did decreased when General Mundos was removed from the operation, but there are still other links between the Congolese army and the ADF. The Congo Research Group has accused Congolese soldiers of taking part in at least three deadly attacks on civilians.


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http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKCN0Y606E?sp=true
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-21/congo-army-involved-in-attacks-on-nation-s-civilians-group-says
http://wn.com/congolese_army_accused_of_attacking_civilians
http://www.insightonconflict.org/conflicts/dr-congo/conflict-profile/

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