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Saturday, 20 May, 2000, 14:46 GMT 15:46 UK
DR Congo massacre reported

More than 300 people have been killed in a massacre in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Rome-based missionary news agency Misna.

The agency said the killings were committed by the main rebel group in the DRC, the Rwandan-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), and took place overnight May 14-15.

On Friday, the RCD dismissed a report by an international human rights group which accused them of the torture and killing of civilians in rebel-held areas in the east of the country.

The report, released earlier this week by the New York-based Human Rights Watch, said Congolese rebels and allied Rwandan army units had committed rape and murder on a massive scale.

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