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The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said he is sorry his forces reacted too slowly to prevent a massacre in the east of the country in June. Armed men killed at least 30 civilians overnight between June 6 and 7 in the village of Mutarule in South Kivu province, in an ethnic dispute. A Reuters witness the next day saw dozens of burned bodies in the streets and in a church. “It is a very difficult situation and I express my regrets for the inactivity of MONUSCO. It really is regrettable,” Martin Kobler, the head of the U.N. mission to Congo, told a news conference in the capital Kinshasa. Human Rights Watch said in a report on Thursday villagers had begged peacekeepers to intervene as the attack unfolded.



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