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Thirteen Italian Airmen Butchered in Congo

Nov. 16, 1961 - Thirteen captured Italian airmen attached to the U.N. force have been murdered by Congolese soldiers. The Italians had flown into Kindu, Kivu Province, with two transport planes carrying scout cars for a Malayan contingent of the U.N. force. They were seized and beaten there by drunken Congolese soldiers Saturday before being shot to death. Their bodies were dismembered with machetes by a crowd of onlookers and thrown into the Lualaba River. The Italians were denounced by their captors as being Belgian paracommandos. Belgium ruled the Congo until the territory gained independence in 1960. The U.N., demanding severe punishment for the murderers, plans an inquiry.


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