Last updated: 3 november, 2009 - 04:10 GMT

DRC army accused of brutal killings

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Government armed forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been accused of brutally killing civilians.

According to Human Rights Watch, hundreds of civilians have been killed and raped by the Congolese army in the past three months alone.

The group also accuses UN forces of indirectly being complicit in the killings.

This news came as the UN peacekeeping chief, Alain Leroy, announced that his organisation was withdrawing its support for Congolese army units operating in eastern DRC.

M. Leroy said the UN would await the results of a joint inquiry into the killings, being carried out with the Congolese army, before contemplating further action.

To find out what the Congolese government makes of this, Akwasi Sarpong spoke to Lambert Mende Omalanga, the DRC's Minister of Information.

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