United Nations — The United Nations has suspended assistance to a Congolese army brigade battling rebels amid allegations that its troops killed 62 civilians, including women and children, between May and September.
The U.N. director of peacekeeping, Alain Le Roy, announced the move in an interview Sunday with Democratic Republic of Congo-based Radio Okapi.
The killings allegedly occurred near Lukweti — a village in North Kivu province in eastern Congo — about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of the regional capital, Goma.
The U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — known by its French acronym MONUC — has been providing logistical and operational support to Congolese troops since May as they battle Rwandan Hutu rebel groups in the easternmost provinces of the war-torn nation.
The support includes medical evacuations, resupply of materiel and transport.