Rights body: Congo security forces kill 24

AP News
Posted: Dec 22, 2011 5:12 AM
Rights body: Congo security forces kill 24

Human Rights Watch says Congolese security forces have killed at least 24 people and detained dozens in attacks to quell dissent over the much-criticized re-election of President Joseph Kabila.

Kabila was inaugurated this week following a Nov. 28 election that international and local observers say lacked credibility. Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi plans his own inauguration Friday.

New York-based HRW indicated Wednesday that many more may have been killed since security forces appear to be quickly removing bodies to cover up the scale of the killings.

It said soldiers and police have fired on groups of people in the street who may have been protesting or were just bystanders. Twenty victims were killed in opposition strongholds in Kinshasa.