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UN says 70 people hacked to death in eastern 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 U.N. 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 U.N. 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.