Congo Government Says 2 Bodies May Be Missing UN Researchers

The Secretary-General on the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) presents a report on the country's situation following the kidnapping of six people, including two United Nations officers, on March 21, 2017.

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The bodies of a man and woman found Monday in a shallow grave in central Democratic Republic of Congo are thought to be those of two missing United Nations investigators, government spokesman Lambert Mende said.

The provincial police commissioner has transferred the bodies, along with a corpse of another man, to a mortuary in the regional capital, Kananga, where forensic scientists will seek to confirm their identity, Mende said by phone from the capital, Kinshasa.

The two members of a UN panel of experts that monitors sanctions on Congo went missing, along with four Congolese assistants, on March 12. U.S. citizen Michael Sharp and Swedish national, Zaida Catalan were conducting research in Kasai-Central province when they disappeared.

Fighting in the usually stable center of the country between security forces and militias has killed hundreds of people since August.

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