UN mission to probe DR Congo rape allegations

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A UN team will be heading to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's Sud-Kivu to investigate allegations of rape, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

"We have a UN inter-agency mission going tomorrow into the area ... One of the key tasks of the human rights component is to verify these allegations of rape," Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman at the UN human rights office told AFP.

"We received these allegations but we need to go on the ground to confirm them before we can share anything," she added.

Earlier Thursday, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said that more than 100 villagers in the Sud-Kivu village Niakiele were raped or beaten in an attack which took place between June 10 and 12.

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