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UN: Mass Grave Found in Congolese Army Base


The United Nations says investigators have found about 30 bodies in a mass grave at a Congolese military camp, including women and children.

The grave is said to include the bodies of women and children. It is located in Bavi, a town 40 kilometers south of Bunia, the capital of the northeastern Ituri district. Investigators say they believe the corpses are of people who were reported missing between August and October of this year.

Investigators say there is evidence they were assassinated.

A U.N. spokesman says two soldiers with the Congolese military have been arrested in connection with the case. Congo's army has been accused of numerous human rights violations over the years, including murder and forced labor.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is mired in a humanitarian crisis triggered by a five-year civil war that ended in 2003. More than three million people have died from combat, disease and hunger.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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