UN says 70 people hacked to death in eastern Congo
In this Nov. 30, 2012 file photo, M23 rebels withdraw from the Masisi and Sake areas in eastern Congo. (AP / Jerome Delay)
Published Friday, February 14, 2014 6:59AM EST
KINSHASA, Congo -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo says that at least 70 people were killed in the Masisi territory of troubled eastern Congo.
In a statement, the UN said that the majority of the victims were hacked to death with machetes.
A peacekeeping mission team is now on the ground to verify the allegations. The U.N. did not specify when the attack in the villages of Nyamaboko I and II occurred.
In New York, United Nations spokesman Martin Nesirky said the UN mission is "concerned."
Masisi, a mineral-rich area of North Kivu province in eastern Congo, has been in the crosshairs of Congo's conflict for years. Numerous armed groups are active there.