The head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), Alan Doss, has condemned militias fighting in the east of the country, accusing them of committing "war crimes," dpa reported
Doss said that the UN did not yet have a clear idea of a massacre that occurred in the town of Kinwanja, which was first taken by Mai Mai militias loyal to the government, then by the forces of rebel general Laurent Nkunda.
UN aid workers had found the bodies of dozens of civilians in the town some 80 kilometres north of the provincial capital of Goma.
African leaders attending an emergency summit in Nairobi Friday on the conflict urged an immediate ceasefire and the extension of UN peacekeeping powers in the country.
Some 250,000 people have fled the region since heavy fighting broke a ceasefire in August.